Susan Okalany

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Susan Okalany
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Makerere University
LAW Development Centre
OccupationJudge of the high court
AwardsProsecutor of the Year

Susan Okalany is a Ugandan Judge of the high court in Uganda.[1] Susan Okalany was the lead prosecutor in the Kampala bombings trial. As a principal state attorney at Director of public prosecutions

Okalany has risen through the ranks to her current position. Previously, she worked as a consular assistant at the American Embassy, researcher with Forum for Women in Democracy and legal assistant at Ochienghs-Wellborn and Company Advocates.

At Director of public prosecutions, she headed the gender and sexual Offense division and also the electoral offences investigations and prosecutions task force at the Director of public of prosecutions.

Okalany served as resident state attorney in Tororo, Iganga, Mbarara and Masaka districts.


  • Makerere University 1990-1993
  • law development Centre Uganda 1993-1994


  • 16 years and 11 months with the Director of public prosecutions.
  • In 2016 she was appointed a judge of the High court to date[2]

Global prosecutor award[3]

Justice Susan Okalany who was at the rank of Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions of the High Court has been awarded the prestigious title of Prosecutor of the Year by the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), for her role as chief prosecutor in the July 11, 2010 Kampala twin bombings.[4]

Okalany was honoured at IAP event held in the Chinese capital Beijing.

With her team they secured a conviction of eight out of the 13 accused.

The trial was presided over by the Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, who delivered judgement.

Prior to her elevation to position of judge, Okalany was at the rank of Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions. She replaced the then lead prosecutor Joan Kagezi who was slain on March 30, 2015 by unknown assailants in the city suburb of Kiwatule.

when the trial resumed, Director of Public Prosecutions Michael Chibita led a high level delegation to court and introduced Okalany as the lead prosecutor.

Chibita the director DPP explained that he nominated Okalany for the award because she exhibited “tremendous courage, tenacity, professionalism and ingenuity” throughout the case, despite “constant threats to her life, her team and the loss of a dear colleague”.

The devastating effect explosions left 78 people dead, and many injured.A total of 82 prosecution witnesses and 13 defence witnesses, testified.

It is almost seven years since the bombs went off at Kyadondo Rugby Club Lugogo, and at Ethiopian Village Restaurant[5] in the city suburb of Kabalagala.

Revelers were watching the Federation of International Football Associations World Cup final game between Spain and Holland. The tournament was hosted by the Republic of South Africa.

The third bomb planted at Makindye House in the city suburb of Makindye failed to go off. It was rigged to explode when the phone rang but it malfunctioned. It was recovered the next day.

Somali militant outfit Al shabaab, an affiliate of Al qaeda, claimed responsibility. The outfit justified the attack, saying it was a warning for Uganda army that formed part of AMISOM to exit Somalia.

The trial started in September 2011.Two self-confessed conspirators, Mahmoud Mugisha and Edris Nsubuga, were accused were convicted after pleading guilty.

In the media


External links


  1. "Judiciary: The Republic of Uganda". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  2. "Museveni appoints 7 judges". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  3. "Susan Okalany". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  4. "Hon. Lady Justice Okalany Wins World Prosecutor of the Year Award". Retrieved 2020-03-07.
  5. "Ethiopian Village, Kampala - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number". Tripadvisor. Retrieved 2020-03-07.

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