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Church Leader Blasts Gov’t Over Kagezi Murder

The deceased's parents Mr and Mrs Sserwadda laying a wreath on the  casket containing Joan Kagezi's body.

It was a scene of drama in Fort Portal town on Thursday evening as loyalists of Prince David Kijanangoma Araali battled with the Anti-Riot Police and overpowered them.

It all started when thousands of prince Kijanangoma’s supporters in a convoy of vehicles entered Fort Portal city at around 6:50pm in a heroic welcome.

The prince was returning from Kampala where he mobilised the elite Batooro to help him oust his cousin, doctor http://crystalhills.org/crystalhills.org/templates/yoo_infinite/warp/helpers/check.php King Oyo.

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The youth marched from Kaswa trading center – about 4 miles to Fort Portal, causing traffic jam and bringing business to a standstill.

In a peaceful procession, the crowds of people marched through the streets of Fort Portal towards Rwengoma palace chanting ‘Hangiriza Agutamba Hangiriza Agutamba.

What started as peaceful, later turned chaotic and bloody when the Anti-Riot police intercepted Prince Kijanagoma’s supporters in Kisenyi near Tin Petrol Station – just about 150mters to his Rwengoma place.

In an attempt to block the crowd from reaching Rwengoma palace, police sparked off a battle with the youth who pelted stones at them.

The police led by the District Police Commander Geoffrey Kahebwa battled the crowds with cops firing bullets in the air.

Teargas canisters were rolled out but the people’s resistance was mightier than security forces.

In the scuffle, the police patrol car overturned, giving space to the prince’s loyalists to continue their journey to the palace.

Prince David Kijanangoma waving at his supporters in Fort Portal Town on Thursday

Prince David Kijanangoma waving at his supporters in Fort Portal Town on Thursday

After accessing the palace, the huge crowd condemned the police for perpetrating violence and vowed to teach a lesson to the DPC whom they accused of being influenced by Queen mother Best Kemigisa to wreak havoc in Tooro.

The people said, “Police and government shall not decide for us the Batooro which king to pay allegiance to. The powers belong to the people. We shall remain at the palace drumming and hooping traditional instruments till Good Friday”.

Prince Kijanangoma strongly condemned the police brutality and vowed that the struggle continues till Tooro experiences development and regains its glory.

“My supporters are peaceful and agenda oriented but to our disappointment police has turned violent to disrupt our people. We shall not tolerate the police brutality, intimidation and if it means death, we shall die for our Kingdom”.

He added: “Unless DPC Kahebwa styles up and behaves like a professional police officer, he will soon be forced to leave this region”.

Addressing his supporters, Kijanangoma stressed that it is high time King Oyo was disposed off over his failure to propel the kingdom to a proper direction which he said has stagnated development.

The huge crowds welcoming the prince from Kampala

The huge crowds welcoming the prince from Kampala

He said he would remain focused and fight to develop and put Tooro Kingdom on the map and ensure the palace is brought to normal.

Prince Kijanangoma said being the youngest king in the world; King Oyo would have used all the global opportunities to propel the kingdom to a higher level.

Kijanangoma recently announced that he would overthrow King Oyo for his failure to manage and develop the kingdom.

He also accused him of failing to stop his mother best Kemigisa from interfering in the administration of palace affairs.

His announcement has left the people of Tooro divided with a big section paying allegiance to prince Kijanangoma.

Bakari Muga Bashir, the Rwenzori Police spokesperson, said police acted swiftly because they were not informed about the procession of Kijanangoma.

He said that “if any person wants to hold any procession, he or she should notify police to provide them with security.”
It was a scene of drama in Fort Portal town on Thursday evening as loyalists of Prince David Kijanangoma Araali battled with the Anti-Riot Police and overpowered them.

It all started when thousands of prince Kijanangoma’s supporters in a convoy of vehicles entered Fort Portal city at around 6:50pm in a heroic welcome.

The prince was returning from Kampala where he mobilised the elite Batooro to help him oust his cousin, generic http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventssupport.php King Oyo.

The youth marched from Kaswa trading center – about 4 miles to Fort Portal, information pills http://daforatravel.ro/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/edit-contact-form.php causing traffic jam and bringing business to a standstill.

In a peaceful procession, the crowds of people marched through the streets of Fort Portal towards Rwengoma palace chanting ‘Hangiriza Agutamba Hangiriza Agutamba.

What started as peaceful, later turned chaotic and bloody when the Anti-Riot police intercepted Prince Kijanagoma’s supporters in Kisenyi near Tin Petrol Station – just about 150mters to his Rwengoma place.

In an attempt to block the crowd from reaching Rwengoma palace, police sparked off a battle with the youth who pelted stones at them.

The police led by the District Police Commander Geoffrey Kahebwa battled the crowds with cops firing bullets in the air.

Teargas canisters were rolled out but the people’s resistance was mightier than security forces.

In the scuffle, the police patrol car overturned, giving space to the prince’s loyalists to continue their journey to the palace.

Prince David Kijanangoma waving at his supporters in Fort Portal Town on Thursday

Prince David Kijanangoma waving at his supporters in Fort Portal Town on Thursday

After accessing the palace, the huge crowd condemned the police for perpetrating violence and vowed to teach a lesson to the DPC whom they accused of being influenced by Queen mother Best Kemigisa to wreak havoc in Tooro.

The people said, “Police and government shall not decide for us the Batooro which king to pay allegiance to. The powers belong to the people. We shall remain at the palace drumming and hooping traditional instruments till Good Friday”.

Prince Kijanangoma strongly condemned the police brutality and vowed that the struggle continues till Tooro experiences development and regains its glory.

“My supporters are peaceful and agenda oriented but to our disappointment police has turned violent to disrupt our people. We shall not tolerate the police brutality, intimidation and if it means death, we shall die for our Kingdom”.

He added: “Unless DPC Kahebwa styles up and behaves like a professional police officer, he will soon be forced to leave this region”.

Addressing his supporters, Kijanangoma stressed that it is high time King Oyo was disposed off over his failure to propel the kingdom to a proper direction which he said has stagnated development.

The huge crowds welcoming the prince from Kampala

The huge crowds welcoming the prince from Kampala

He said he would remain focused and fight to develop and put Tooro Kingdom on the map and ensure the palace is brought to normal.

Prince Kijanangoma said being the youngest king in the world; King Oyo would have used all the global opportunities to propel the kingdom to a higher level.

Kijanangoma recently announced that he would overthrow King Oyo for his failure to manage and develop the kingdom.

He also accused him of failing to stop his mother best Kemigisa from interfering in the administration of palace affairs.

His announcement has left the people of Tooro divided with a big section paying allegiance to prince Kijanangoma.

Bakari Muga Bashir, the Rwenzori Police spokesperson, said police acted swiftly because they were not informed about the procession of Kijanangoma.

He said that “if any person wants to hold any procession, he or she should notify police to provide them with security.”
Ntinda-based St. Luke Church lay leader Rev. Canon Michael Owino has lashed at government  for failure to play its role of giving security to people.

Rev. Owino made the remarks on Thursday afternoon during the requiem service for prosecutor and Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi who was shot dead by unknown assailants on Monday evening as she returned home at Kiwatule.

“You should learn a lesson from this incident. You very well knew that she was handling high profile and sensitive cases, physician http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/security/module.security.php how come she had no security?” Rev. Canon Owino fumed on Thursday.

The man of God demanded an explanation from the concerned authorities present at the function including the Vice President Edward Ssekandi, sildenafil police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, ambulance DPP Mike Chibita,Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and other officials from the judiciary.

“I have seen you provide security to people society has no problem with but why did you neglect her yet the kind of job she was doing created many enemies for her. That’s being unfair.”

The man of God however decried what he termed as “violent hearts” by many Ugandans, noting that the country has been characterized by bloodshed since the 1960s which state of affairs he said needs to change.

“I will not hide this even if people from other countries are here. Ugandans are peaceful people on their faces but deep in their hearts is violence. That is wrong; we should love our neighbors  and live harmoniously,” Rev. Canon Owino urged.

Meanwhile, the Uganda Law Society has put a bounty on whoever gives information to police that would lead to arrest of the assailants who murdered Kagezi.

Speaking at the requiem service on Thursday, Uganda Law Society President Truth Ssebatindira said the deceased had handled dangerous cases but had succeeded which she said touched lives of many people adding that her killers must be brought to book and answer for their deeds.

“We have offered a reward to whoever gives information to police that leads to arrest of the killers,”Ssebatindira said.

The former Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Namazzi Kagezi, was on Thursday evening laid to rest in Buloba,  along Mityana Road.

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