Uganda rests fallen State Attorney Kagezi


Kagezi, the late


Uganda Funeral Service says the body of the fallen prosecutor, Joan Kagezi, was taken to her home in Najeera yesterday afternoon.

A funeral service will be held at St. Luke Church Ntinda today (Wednesday) at 10am.

Burial will take place at Buloba along Mityana Road on the same day.

Kagezi was killed on Monday by armed men riding on a motorcycle in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb as she returned home from work.

Born in Luteete in Rakai District, the 48- year old lawyer was shot dead near her residence in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb as she stopped at a fruit stall by the road side, when two people riding on a motorcycle shot her twice through the widow on the driver’s side.

“We knew Joan as “fearless and brilliant” and “as fine a criminal lawyer this country has. We have been admiring her legal strategies in prosecuting hard-core criminals and no doubt she has been killed for doing her job well,” a statement from the Uganda Catholic Lawyers’ Society signed by Jude Mbabaali, read in part.

Human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, said the legal fraternity has lost one of the kindest, humblest and brilliant prosecutors.

Opio said Kagezi was set to be appointed to the Judiciary as a Judge having passed interviews.

Opiyo advised that State Attorneys needed to stay out of their offices until the state demonstrated satisfactory commitment to making their work safe.

The US Mission in Uganda in its condolence message to the children, family, and friends said Kagezi will be remembered as a brave and tireless promoter of justice, dedicated to ensuring peace and stability in her country.

“The United States reiterates its support for the Ugandan government’s efforts to combat international terrorism, in which Joan Kagezi played a leading role.”

“We deplore this senseless act of violence and cowardice and join Ugandans in mourning the loss of this heroine in the forefront of the fight against crime and terrorism.”

According to Dorothy Nanyonga, Information Assistant U.S Embassy Kampala, the US promised to stand in solidarity with Ugandans and the Ugandan government as they seek to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

The minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon Kahinda Otafiire, says they will provide security to all prosecutors handling high profile cases.

Meanwhile, the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says Kagezi had refused police protection.


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