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Chibita: We’ve nothing on Kagezi killers


The late Kagezi

Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), says government has nothing at all to report in the progress of investigations regarding the murder of state prosecutor Joan Kagezi.

Unknown assailants gunned down Kagezi, a single mother of four, on the evening of March 31 last year, on her way home in Kiwatule, a Kampala Suburb.

Police has since last year been carrying out investigations into her murder.

On Thursday, the state organised a Memorial Lecture for her at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala.

Advocate Shaun Abrahams, the head of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) of South Africa, will be the main speaker and Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the chief guest.

The lecture running under the theme: “Fighting terrorism and organised crime” was also attended by ambassadors of Rwanda and Angola, police chief Grace Akullo, prosecutors, lawyers, government officials and members of the public.

High Court judge Justice Mugambe a sister-in-law to the late introduced Kagezi’s children; Phillip Kagezi, Harvey, Pearl and Carol Kagezi.

Speaking at the event, DPP Chibita who was escorted by his deputy Charles Elemu and his spokesperson Jane Kajuga, said that police is investigating some key leads saying he couldn’t disclose more.

Chibita said the good that Kagezi did will live on but had no report to give and no development with the investigations at all.

He said they are working with police boss Akullo who was behind Kagezi when she was shot to come up with positive results.

“One year later, we are still making promises. But we will leave no stone unturned,” Chibita managed to make up a new promise, piling it one the old unfulfilled ones.

He said Kagezi was the “most at risk” official since she was prosecuting terrorism cases, crimes against humanity, human trafficking and organised crime, according to police assessment.

According to Deputy DPP Elemu, those who cowardly destroyed Kagezi’s life strengthened government’s resolve to eliminate criminals.

“Its like a battle. We cannot lay down our arms now. Its time to fight and bring the killers to justice.”

South African advocate Shaun described the late Kagezi as a “giant of a mother, giant of a woman, giant of a friend and giant of a lawyer”.

Kagezi was the head of the War Crimes and Terrorism Department, a department she headed since its inception in 2008.

At the time of her death, Kagezi was due to present the main state witness in the trial of suspects in the July 2010 bombings of the Ethiopian Village Restaurant and Kyadondo Rugby Club in which 79 people died.



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