Justice Kenneth Kakuru wowed Ugandans when he bravely said that the entire constitutional amendment act was unconstitutional.
Reading his individual judgment Thursday at Mbale High Court, Justice Kakuru said: “The Consolidated Petitions substantially succeed. The entire Amendment Act (Age limit) was unconstitutional and must be expunged from the constitution. I hereby declare the constitutional amendments relating to the Age Limit unconstitutional.”
But who is Justice Kakuru?
Kakuru, 60, is a renowned Ugandan lawyer and judge, who serve as a justice of the Court of Appeal of Uganda, since May 2013.
Later, he graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree, also from Makerere University.
He is also known human rights activist and founder and Senior Partner of the law firm of Kakuru & Company Advocates, a Kampala-based law firm, established in 1987.
He is also a Director of Greenwatch, an NGO whose mission is to promote public participation in the protection and management of the environment.
Kakuru has specialized in Public Interest Litigation, but despite his passion for human rights, he shocked many when he stood in defence of bride price.
Among his professional affiliations, he is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East African Law Society, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and the International Bar Association.
Kenneth Kakuru was married to the late Winnie Ikiriza Kakuru (1 June 1958 to 8 March 2009), from 12 September 1987 until her death in 2009, and together they are the parents of three children, Sama, Tracy and Rose.
On 14 January 2012, he married Charity Nankunda Kakuru, his current wife.