Judge and Member of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Justice Joseph Nyamihana Mulenga passed away on Wednesday 29 August 2012. According to family sources, Justice Mulenga had been unwell for a while and succumbed to his illness on Wednesday afternoon in Kampala, Uganda.
Justice Joseph Nyamihana Mulenga S.C., a Uganda national, was elected a Judge of the African Court in 2008 for a term of six years. Previously, Mr. Justice Mulenga served in the East African Court of Justice (2001-2008), initially as Vice-President and finally as President of the East African Court.
Before joining the regional courts, Justice Mulenga served in the national judiciary in Uganda. He first worked as a Public Prosecutor in the Department of Public Prosecutions in Uganda, rising through the ranks from Pupil State Attorney to Senior State Attorney. He also served as a Cabinet Minister, first as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and then, briefly, as Minister of Regional Co-operation (1986-1989). From 1997 to 2009, he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda (1997-2009).
Prior to the judicial appointments, Justice Mulenga practiced law at the Uganda Bar (1967 -1997). He was also well known as a private practitioner of Law and consultant for his private firm, Kampala Associated Advocates. In addition to the legal practice, Justice Mulenga participated in Ugandan politics and was once a member of parliament.
Justice Joseph Mulenga graduated from London University with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) in 1965. The following year he became a Barrister-at-Law of the Royal Society of the Middle Temple of London, United Kingdom.
His death is indeed a great loss to judicial fraternity in Uganda, the African Court and Africa as a whole.
Requiescat in pace!