Aronda and Kagezi honored at 2015 JLOS Awards

The Justice, Law and Order Sector has honored the late Ms. Joan Kagezi and the late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima for their distinguished service to the Sector. The pair were jointly awarded the Distinguished Service Award during the 20th Annual JLOS Review held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala.

Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was a Ugandan army officer who served in the cabinet of Uganda as Minister of internal affairs from 2013 until his death on September 12th 2015. Previously, he served as the chief of defense forces in the Uganda People's Defense Forces from 2003 to 2013.
Hon. General Aronda Nyakairima was born on July 7th 1959 in Rukungiri District, south Western Uganda. He had a long and illustrious career in the Uganda military stretching from 1982 when he joined the National Resistance Army at a tender age of 23.

In 2003, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was appointed the Commander of the UPDF. He also represented the Uganda People’s Defence Forces in the Ugandan Parliament.

On May 23 2015, Gen. Nyakairima was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Internal Affairs overseeing critical government entities such as the Uganda Police, Uganda Prisons Service and the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. As the coordinator of the National identification Program, the Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima’s role was central in ensuring that Ugandan’s for the first time in their history possessed national cards as a form of identification.

The Late Hon. Gen. Aronda Nyakairima was also at the forefront of JLOS reforms in the sector’s Seventeen (17) member institutions in his capacity as the Minister of Internal Affairs and a member of the JLOS Leadership Committee. He will particularly be remembered for his pivotal role in the introduction and implementation of the National citizenship register and an ardent supporter and champion of the JLOS House project.

Gen. Aronda Nyakairima – a national treasure and a JLOS Hero who served our beloved country with dedication, distinction and patriotism. His great contribution to the administration of justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever be remembered, treasured and cherished.


Joan Kagezi was born on 14th July, 1967 in Rakai District Central Uganda. From 1987 to 1990, she attended Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelors in Laws and in June 1992, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. In May 1994, she was appointed as a State Attorney under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 11th February, 2002, she was promoted to the position of Senior Principal State Attorney by the Public Service Commission.
On March 30th 2015, Ms Joan Kagezi was shot dead in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb on her way home. The Late Joan Kagezi was at the time of her death a Senior Principal

State Attorney and Acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of War Crimes Section.
The Late Joan Kagezi was unflinching and uncompromising in her dedication to ensuring justice prevails. This was exhibited in her tireless efforts to prosecute cases relating to terrorism, war crimes, and human trafficking while at the International War Crimes Division of the High Court.  The Justice, Law and Order Sector celebrates Ms. Kagezi’s immense contribution to transitional justice policy and strategy formulation as a member of the JLOS Transitional Justice Working Group. Through this cause, Joan was relentless in ensuring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Uganda face the full force of the law and that justice is served to the victims.

Today, the Justice, Law and Order Sector is proud to honor her memory and legacy for her distinguished and exceptional service to this country in ensuring justice prevails in our society.

Her murderers through their evil act may have rid this nation of an exceptional human being in Ms. Joan Kagezi’s but her legacy and contribution to justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever remain with us, etched in our memory and inspiring many in the fight for justice.