In Memory of Stephen Kaduuli

Stephen Kaduuli

It is with profound sadness that we share news of the sudden passing of Stephen Kaduuli, CPJ's refugee rights policy analyst, on April 15, 2021.

Stephen was an invaluable member of our CPJ family. As our first full-time Refugee Rights Policy Analyst, Stephen brought a depth of compassion, insight, and expertise to cultivating our policy research and advocacy.

Stephen leveraged his background as a social worker and demographer to bring together a passion for data and for people, grounded in his experiences working with displaced persons in his home country of Uganda. He was passionate in his commitment to justice. He built strong collaborative networks, where he will be missed greatly.

Here at CPJ, we will miss his broad smile and deep chuckle. We will miss going out for shawarma together. We will miss the understated and thoughtful way in which he shared his perspectives.

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of Stephen’s passing. Below is a list of ways you can support Stephen’s family and CPJ at this time:

  • Stephen’s family is raising funds to pay for travel to Uganda where they will be laying his body to rest. You can send an e-transfer directly (no password required) to Stephen’s brother-in-law, Patrick Kimumwe, at moc.oohay@umikap.
  • Whether you live in Toronto or elsewhere, there are a few ways you can help provide meals, groceries and care packages. Please contact Natalie Appleyard for more information.
  • CPJ, along with Stephen’s family, wish to honour his dedication and passion for refugee rights by establishing a permanent fund to help enhance and deepen CPJ’s refugee work. You can find more information here.

We invite you to share your condolences and remembrances of Stephen in our guest book below. These will also be shared with Stephen's family.

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Allan Mukungu

Addis Ababa

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

We celebrate the Almighty's wisdom to bless us with your life, evidently lived so satisfactorily! You fought a good fight, touched so many a soul. May we join together with your friends and family to wish you Bon voyage! May the Lord bless your family with strength to live with the physical void but cherish the fond memories!

Katende Charles


Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Steve was a warm hearted, highly decent and positive energy humble guy that we all loved in Northcote, Makerere University. He was a good man! I will miss him dearly, my condolences to his family and all Northcoters! RIEP, Steve!

Ssenoga Bato Grace


Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Very sad news about Stephens death ,I do pray that God strengthen the wifeSusan,the children and the entire family Rip OB.

Flora Nassuna

Maastricht, Netherlands

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Kitalo nyo bambi

Kazungu Apollo


Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

After my graduation, I looked up at Stephen as one of those to look up to in the field of Public Service. He handled clients well despite their numbers at his office .

I later came to closely associate with him as a friend.

I was delighted to here he had joined CPJ dealing with forced migration issues, which too I now handle on a daily with refugees in Uganda.

To the family, it's well that you were able to join him and happily be together till now that God has called him.

I can't imagine the anguish and pain you're going through but trust in God, to give the fortitude to go through this time of sorrow.

Bullion (like we used to call each other) fare the well.

Nambi Oliver


Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

It’s a shame we lost Stephen, May his soul Rest In Peace!

Hamza Mbago


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Stephen you touched many lives. RIP

Kenneth Okalang

Kista, Stockholm

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

My deepest condolences to Susan and the children. May Stephens Soul Rest In Peace.

Grant and Femmy Birks


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Our condolences go out to Stephen's family and to his colleagues at CPJ. Although we did not know Stephen personally we have heard him speak and we know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him and worked with him. In peace.

Patrick Basajjasubi

Johannesburg, South Africa

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Steve was my roommate and friend in Northcote Hall, Makerere University, Uganda. We shared scarce resources those days and always socialized together. Condolences to the family and my brother Charles Akooyo. RIP.

Fred Kyama


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Shocked & saddened by the loss of Kaduli as we popularly called him. May the Lord strengthen his family as the go through these tragic times. Heartfelt condolences & RIP.

Mukooyo Humphrey


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Steven was a reliable and dependable friend. He always had a lot of jokes up his sleeve but more so, he had a solution to wherever challenge you were facing . I will dearly miss him.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Anne Vaughan


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Stephen was a dear, admirable friend. We met shortly after he arrived in Canada and our close knit group of friends spent many wonderful times together while he waited for his family to arrive in our country. A good husband and father, he was a truly caring person and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Condolences to the entire Kaduuli family, his friends, colleagues and to all who who had the privilege to know him.

Moses Migalu


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

My first interaction, was in a workshop,but what struck me first was that captivating smile.
Rest in peace brother.

Sam Katagisa

Mbarara City

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

May Stephen 's soul rest in eternal peace

Lwasa Salim


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

May his soul rest in peace

Mauba Janet Ludigo

Kampala Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Am going to miss Steven Kaduli dearly. I always admired him because of his big heart ❤️ of helping those in need. He helped people around him and those who needed help right from when he was working in Uganda ???????? and abroad. May God grant him a peaceful rest. We will miss your smile Steven. MHSRIP



Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

It is with profound shock for the demise of Stephen. My Namasagali from 1976-1979..A gentleman of good deamanour,humour and dedicated to duty...We gonna miss him plenty. MHSRIP

Gibbs Nsubuga

Maryland, USA

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I met Stephen (Stevo or Steve as we called him back in the days) as freshman, Northcote Hall in Makerere University. The guy was intelligent, but down to earth friendly. We stayed in touch over the years. Whenever he, or I called, we spent hours on the phone. Last time we spoke was a week ago to wish me and family a belated Happy Easter. Steve was a friend to many in Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. It was his intellect, wit, and strive for social justice that attracted all of us. My heartfelt condolences go out to Susan, Sandra, Stella, Samantha, and Jonathan. We love you, and have all lost a friend, a brother, and a father.

Christine Kisajja


Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Stephen passed away. My deepest sympathies go out to the family. May god keep you strong. Rest In Peace my friend????????.

Edward Lwamusai

Entebbe, Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I have many fond memories of Stephen in Jinja, he was such a lively chap who always had a smile. He was loved by many and will be be missed by many, Revelation 21:3,4.



Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

How hard it is to believe that you are no longer with us Great Brother in Law. We chatted not long ago and you didn't say bye bye. What a life we live.
I wonder how my Lovely big Sister Suzan is facing this tough time not forgetting how traumatized my nephew and nieces are right now.
Will miss your guidance, your laughs and Love and care towards my Sister and your kids. I pray for the Almighty Lord to welcome you with open arms to his home, your new home. Rest in Peace Stephen.

Martin Pande

Manchester, United Kingdom

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I am from Stevens home town of Jinja, lived in the same city Kampala and from the same village. I have had several interactions with him, the last one being probably ten years ago in London. I am so sad and sorry that he has died may the Almighty grant him everlasting peace, fare and well my brother "Ogusadha" as we fondly called each other R.I.P.

David Ivan Masajjage

Dundu - Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

You will ever be missed, Stephen.
Rest in power.

Rose Kaleebi

Stockholm, Sweden

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

My deepest sympathy to mamma Naume!! Steven should have buried you!! Susan and the children, turn your eyes upon Jesus! He is the only comforter! You are in my prayers !

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