Hot debate after Aronda ‘lies’ to Parliament


Internal Affairs minister, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima


The minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, this evening presented a report on the shooting of State Attorney, Mrs Joan Kagezi.

Kagezi, Acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, was killed on Monday in Kiwatule by unknown gunmen.

The assassination of Mrs Kagezi, according to Aronda, was a consequence of organized crime which the Police has been warning us about since September last year.

He said on 13th September 2014, a number of suspected suicide terrorists, who had suicide jackets were apprehended.

At the close of last year and early this year, prominent Muslim leaders were gunned down in Mayuge and here in Kampala.

The LC III Chairperson in Namayingo, Tito Okware, was also killed and 2 Police Officers were recently gunned down in Bugiri.

Aronda says there are similarities in the methods murders; they selectively picked their targets and used motor cycles to get away.

He said Joint Security Agencies successfully hunted down murderers in Busoga Region where criminal cells there were dismantled.

“Police and sister security Agencies have intensified patrols in the City and across the Country,” he noted.

Minister Aronda insinuated that at the time of her murder, Joan was not with “her guards” claiming “they were at her residence”.

Aronda said the perpetrators of the crime intended to eliminate Joan in order to intimidate investigators and prosecutors of such cases.

“I want to take this opportunity to inform the country that all prosecutors and investigators of such cases will be protected,” Aronda pledged.

MPs react

At this point, MP Medard Ssegona, tasked Aronda to name the guards he insinuates Joan had.

“For those of us who have known Joan Kagezi, she has never had guards, I challenge the minister to tell us names of her guards,” interjected Ssegona.

MP Ssegona clarified that Mrs Joan Kagezi did not have any security provided by the state and “if these guards were there, we would be knowing their names”.

“We have RDC’s who have guards yet we have state prosecutors not being protected,” he pursued.

He also noted that in any case, Police has arrested many of these suspects but “we never see them in court, we are left to think we have political motives”.

MP Rose Namayanja concernedly inquired: “We as MPs, we are high profile citizens, what security have you put in place for us?”

The MPs reasoned that the perpetrators style of killing seems to be advanced for they mastered and seen the gaps in our security.

They also demanded answers as to why and whether boda bodas are allowed to carry guns as well as who supplies guns to the criminals.

Legislators further asked government to lay out a plan of helping the late prosecutor’s children.

Aronda said the question of access and use of fire arms has come up before and that there were regulations on acquisition of fire arms by private and state actors.

Aronda said they were training all State operatives in handling of guns and controlling the proliferation of fire arms.

“Arms in possession of the State are marked and properly stored.  Where there are lapses, these are being closed.”

MP Paul Mwiru demanded to know why police has made 3 different statements on Joan’s murder.

“They said it was ADF, then Al Shabaab, now its organized crime!”

He also faulted Aronda on the “bodyguards” claim saying, “Minister Aronda, when you say body guards, they are like mobile phones, you move with them and they are not left at home.”

It should be recalled that police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, confirmed not long ago that Joan never had body guards which makes minister Aronda a “liar”.

In a prior session, deputy Speaker,  Jacob Oulanyah, had warned MPs that Fools Day doesn’t apply to Parliament.

Meanwhile, MP Moses Kasibante pointed out that Police was also using boda bodas to arrest people “so it’s hypocritical for minister to blame all bodas”.

“Police once arrested me using a boda and I was then put on a police truck, so police is also using the same bodas,” Kasibante noted.

MP Odonga Otto said the enforcement of law and order has become impossible hence the need to allocate what places boda bodas ought to operate from.

“You the Generals of this world should go back on the drawing board to regulate the boda industry in Uganda,” Otto observed.

Today, the minister of Security, Mary Karoro Okurut, ordered security agencies to disarm all Ugandans carrying guns.


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