Security minister orders Ugandans disarmed


Security minister Mary Karooro Okurut


Uganda Security minister, Ms Mary Karooro Okurut, has the ordered police to embark on an operation to curb illegal ownership of guns.

Okurut was referring to the recent assassination of State Attorney, Joan Kagezi, who was shot dead in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb on Monday.

According to the post-mortem report, the prosecutor was shot at a close range on her right side causing instant death.

Okurut blamed her death and other shootings across the country on illegal possession of guns, asking the police to take immediate action.

Police investigators in the Joan Kagezi murder say bullet cartridges recovered at the spot where she was shot are similar to those used in the recent murder of Muslim clerics.

Police has linked the murder of Muslim leaders to the activities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) around the country.

ADF is consider a terrorist organisation.

A meeting by the Joint operations Committee was last evening briefed by detectives investigating the murder of Joan Kagezi.

Preliminary ballistics examinations show that the marks on the bullet cartridges left by the killers are similar in the different murders under investigations.

The joint operations committee is chaired by the Director of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate (CIID) Grace Akullo.

Other agencies represented are the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Special Forces Command (SFC).

While giving a report on Kagezi’s death last evening, the minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, said there was a law against the illegal possession of firearms and that security agencies would follow it to the letter.

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, promised that prosecutors and other high profile persons would be given protection after it emerged that Kagezi had no bodyguards yet she was prosecuting terrorism crimes including Al Shabaab and ADF rebels.

Aronda reiterated the same in Parliament saying they would protect such persons so they can do their work in peace.

The deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, says police has finalised plans to provide the necessary security to officials who fall in that category.

Last evening, Kagezi’s body was taken to her Najjera home for a vigil.

Her remains will be laid to rest today in Bukasa along Mityana road.

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