Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has said it is sad that High Court Judge Gideon Tinyinondi died before being paid his retirement benefits, having retired from judicial service in 2008.
He made the remarks while addressing mourners at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero yesterday.
Justice Tinyinondi passed away on Monday aged 74.
The widow of the deceased, Ms Dorothy Tinyinondi, said her late husband died a rich man having began their life from scratch.
“My husband was my friend as well as the father of my children. We both ran the race but you have completed your part,” said Ms Tinyinondi.
“With the wealth you left with us having started from zero, I pledge to complete my part God willing following your footsteps and guided by our close friends led by Governor Bank of Uganda [Tumusiime-Mutebile] till we meet in heaven,” said a sobbing Dorothy. She spoke fondly of her husband, describing him as a principled person who was very generous especially to the needy.
Justice Tinyinondi who was admitted at Case Clinic in Kampala succumbed to cancer, a day before his 74th birthday.
“When we had just transferred to Akright Estate, we found an old woman in her 90s whose house was in bad shape. Though Gideon did not know her much, he bought 20 iron sheets and I contributed some building materials to have her house rehabilitated. Gideon was a wonderful man,” she added.
Addressing mourners after the service, Rev Hillary Jaru said people should not mourn the death of Justice Tinyinondi but celebrate his good work.
“Justice Tinyinondi has been taken away by God and spared by the evil of cancer; paradise is not meant for everyone but for only those who do what God requires them to do. You will not enter your secure and lonely grave with your spouse, but you will enjoy the grave with your good deeds. We pray and hope that our brother Gideon will be treated better in his grave,” said Rev Jaru.
Outside Church, Court of Appeal judge Mr Kenneth Kakuru who said he worked as the deceased’s legal assistant in 1984, described Tinyinondi as a good judge who deserved promotion to Supreme Court.
“To me, Justice Tinyinondi was not only articulate and upright lawyer, but also a judge with professional ethics who stood to his oath; his name was never involved in any scandal. From what he taught me, I started my law firm which is still in existence,” Justice Kakuru said.
The Principal Judge Bamwine described Tinyinondi as an organised and “no-nonsense” judge
The late will be buried on Saturday at his ancestral home in Kaharo in Kabale. He is survived by a wife and seven children.
Justice Tinyinondi was born on June 13, 1943 in Kaharo, Kabale. He was the first born of six. He went to Kizinga primary school, Kigezi High School and Ntare School for Secondary education before joining the University of Dar-es-Salaam where he got a Law degree. He later went to Queens University in Canada for diploma in International Treaty Registration in 1969. He joined Ministry of Justice where he rose through the ranks to the position of Principal State Attorney from 1969 to 1978. He thereafter went into private practice for about 13 years and later joined the High Court of Uganda in 1991 where he headed several divisions until he was promoted to the position of a Judge in 1992. He worked as Judge of the High Court of Uganda until 2008.