Supreme Court Judge, Mary Stella-Amoko, is dead.

Supreme Court Judge, Mary Stella-Amoko, is dead.

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She was 68.

The judge passed away at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 17.

The judiciary is expected to issue a statement today on the circumstances under which Arach-Amoko died.

The judge had served as a justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda since June 20, 2013.

Arach-Amoko served in the Uganda Attorney General’s chambers from 1979 until 1997, rising from a state attorney to commissioner for civil litigation.

In 1997, she was appointed a High Court judge, serving in that capacity until 2010.

Justice Stella Arach-Amoko served at the East African Court of Justice from 2006 until 2008 as a judge and from 2008 until 2013 as a “Deputy Principal Judge of the First Instance Division”.

In 2010, she was one of the candidates considered by the Judicial Services Commission, for appointment as the Chief Justice of Uganda.

Between April 15, 2018 and April 14, 2020, Justice Arach-Amoko served as the Chairperson of the nine-member Management Committee of Uganda’s Law Development Centre. In 2010, she was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Uganda.

In her career on the bench, Justice Arach-Amoko has handled many election cases.

In 2006, she dismissed the petition in which the National Resistance Movement’s Francis Babu challenged Erias Lukwago’s victory as Member of Parliament for Kampala Central Division.

In 2012, at the Court of Appeal, she wrote the majority opinion that nullified NRM’s Faisal Kikulukunyu’s victory as the Member of Parliament for Butambala County. The ruling benefited Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, of the Democratic Party.

The deceased was married to Ambassador Idule Amoko, who served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Uganda Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She was also the mother of chess player Ivy Claire Amoko, the first woman to become a Woman Fide Master in East Africa.

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