Departed former Supreme Court judge John Wilson Tsekooko has been praised for his incorruptible service to the judiciary and the country at large by mourners during the funeral service at St. Luke Church of Uganda-Ntinda.
Speaker after speaker eulogized Justice Tsekooko as a man of integrity and truth. Chief Justice Bart Katureebe described him as a straight forward person who always spoke and wrote what was the truth.
State Minister for Environment, Dr. Goretti Kituutu who doubles as woman Member of Parliament for Manafwa praised Justice Tsekooko for mentoring her into a leader she is today.
“He was a honest man and to some of us, he was a great pillar, I remember he was a great friend of my father and in turn my father was his campaign manager and indeed, not like the case today with the youth, that time, my father directed me to vote for him as our area member of parliament. However, when I was elected into parliament, I consulted him and indeed he gave me wise counsel” Dr. Kituutu eulogized.
Justice David Wangutusi, the head of Commercial Court who spoke on behalf of family friends told mourners that he was introduced to the late Justice Tsekooko by his father who was a friend with Mr. Tsekooko but warned him the man he was introducing to wasn’t incorruptible.
“I was still a young man study at Makerere University but I would often pay visits to my father at his office and Justice Tsekooko was his friend as they shared the building where their offices where located, one day, he introduced me to him but said “This man does not eat bribes and that is the man I have known until his departure”. Justice Wangutusi said.
Dr. Denis Bwayo, the son to the late Justice Tsekooko paid tribute departed father as being a committed family man but who loved to read. “My daddy loved reading and until his being hospitalized, he had two libraries with so many books to read”
The service was attended by who is who in the judiciary; former retired justices and judges of the court. Others include former Forum for Democratic Change leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye and a number of members of parliament.
After service, his remains were transport to Mbale for a night vigil at his home at Senior Quarters on Plot 6B Masaba Road before another funeral service at St. Andrews Cathedral. Justice Tsekooko will be laid to rest on Saturday at his ancestral home in Bunakhaima village, Butiru Sub-County Manafwa district.