Ugandans and the world over are mourning the death of the Ugandan senior Principal State Attorney, Joan Kagezi who was murdered on morning evening in Kiwatule. The lead prosecutor in the 2010 Kyadondo Rugby Club and the Ethiopian Village Restaurant bombings case in Kampala, was Monday evening shot dead in what police called an assassination. Condolences messages from friends, workmates, fellow learned friends and from across the world have thronged all media platforms across the country. Below are some of them;
We fellow lawyers knew Joan as “fearless and brilliant” and “as fine a criminal lawyer as this country has.” We have been admiring her legal strategies in prosecuting hardcore criminals and no doubt she has been killed for doing her job well.
Kagezi while traveling in her vehicle last night was trailed by armed gunmen on a boda boda up to Kiwatule trading centre in Kampala before shooting her in the head and neck in presence of her children. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
On behalf of the U.S. government, U.S. Mission Uganda extends our deepest condolences to the children, family, and friends of Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi. She 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. We stand in solidarity with Ugandans and the Ugandan government as they seek to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Statement By The Minister Of Information & National Guidance On The Death Of Joan Kagezi
It is with deep sadness that we confirm that Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi has been killed this evening by assailants unknown and at large.
The assailants trailed her car using a boda-boda, following her usual route home, and when she stopped to do some shopping in Kiwatule, east of Kampala, they opened fire on her.
Her children were with her in the vehicle but were not harmed in the shooting.
The police has taken up investigations into the case and are following all leads available. This crime will not go unpunished.
On behalf of the Government of Uganda, I call upon members of the general public to avoid sensationalising the criminal nature of this killing, and to respect the honour and dignity of Joan Kagezi, who worked diligently for law and order, and peace and security for all Ugandans.
May her soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
Jim K. Muhwezi, MP
Minister of Information and Ministry of Information & National Guidance – Uganda
Below is the IGP’s official statement
This evening, Monday 30th March 2015, Ms. Joan Kagezi, Ag. Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, was shot dead at 7:15 pm, near her residence in Kiwatule a city suburb as she drove home with her children.
She had stopped at a fruit stall by the road side where she normally stopped to purchase fruits, when the criminals riding on a motorcycle of boxer type, red in color, stopped next to the parked vehicle and shot her twice in the neck and shoulder, through the widow on the driver’s side. She was driving the vehicle herself.
The Director of CIID, Assistant Inspector General of Police Grace Akullo who by coincidence was driving some distance behind her, was the first police officer on the scene.
She coordinated the evacuation of the deceased to Mulago hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Her three children who were with her escaped unhurt.
Ms. Joan Kagezi was in charge of the International Crime Division handling international crimes such as terrorism, war crimes, and trafficking in persons.
At the time of her tragic death she was the lead prosecutor in the case of the 2010 terror suspects now before the High Court.
She was, also working with the Police in the prosecution of the suspects in the recent spate of murders, robberies and terrorism in Busoga region and Kampala. Her death is a big loss to the country.
Immediately after the shooting, the police secured the scene, and interviewed eye witnesses who have given very useful information that will assist in the hunt for the murderers.
We call upon any member of the public who may have any information relating to the incident to give it to the police, any other security officer or LC official.
In spite of this tragic incident of criminality, we call upon the public to remain calm but vigilant.
The murder of Joan Kagezi should only serve to increase our resolve to hunt down and bring to justice all those elements bent on disturbing the security and development of our country.
GEN. KALE KAYIHURA
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
30TH MARCH 2015
Meanwhile a source in the judiciary says Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi was set to be appointed a judge of the High Court.
Kagezi was head of the International Crimes Division in the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution. She was the lead attorney in the high profile case of the 2010 Kyadondo twin bomb suspects.