Crime & Investigation

Gen Kayihura: Kagezi Killers Trailed her for Weeks

IGP Gen Kale Kayihura [L] with CIID Director Grace Akullo [R] and her Deputy at the crime scene in Kiwatule, Kampala on Monday night (Photo: Pat Larubi/ChimpReports)

President Museveni has joined world leaders to “strongly condemn” the grisly attack on Garissa University in Kenya in which at least 147 students were brutally murdered by Al Shabaab militants on April 2.

“We have learnt with shock and horror that gunmen invaded Garissa University near Kenya’s border with Somalia on Thursday in a brutal and senseless terror attack, sickness killing scores of  students who were just getting up to start the day. The terrorist group, al Shabaab, unashamedly announced that they were behind this criminal attack,” said Museveni in a statement to Chimpreports on Easter Sunday.

Museveni, who authorised the deployment of hundreds of Ugandan soldiers in Somalia to stabilise the country, said, “The terrorism threat by extremist forces is one of the most urgent problems facing our region.”

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He said this “calls for a common strategy and joint efforts by all the countries in our region to fight and defeat the terrorist forces that are determined to roll back the gains we have together been making.”

U.S. President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame have since condemned the Garissa bloodbath.

The terrorists raided the institution of learning the morning hours of Thursday before taking students hostage and killing them with gunshots.

Museveni said, “This attack on Garissa University is an attack not only on Kenya but on our entire region. The students massacred at Garissa are citizens of Kenya, but they are the children of all of us in the region, who were preparing to take on various roles to move our region forward.”

He said Government and people of Uganda stand with the government and people of Kenya at this moment as they try to deal with the tragedy at Garissa University.

“We commend the contribution that Kenya, under AMISOM, continues to make to fight terrorism in Somalia as we all work together to rid our region of terrorism. Uganda will continue to work with Kenya and all other countries of the region to move forward the frontiers of peace and eliminate terrorism from our midst,” he added.

Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta described the Garissa incident as “the most lethal terrorist attack on Kenya since the 1998 US Embassy bombing.”

During the day-long ordeal, the terrorists took more than 800 students hostage; thankfully, more than 600 were rescued.

Kenyan security forces responded and killed 4 of the terrorists while arresting 5.

Museveni said Ugandans’ “prayers are with the families of the people who were brutally murdered in this attack as well as those who were injured. May this horrendous massacre of our children not break our spirit in the struggle against terrorism and extremism but, instead, strengthen our resolve even further and bring us closer together.”

He concluded: “On behalf of the people of Uganda, the government of Uganda, and on my own behalf, may I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Kenya as they mourn the loss of their beloved ones. May God rest their souls in eternal peace.”
The gunmen who shot dead State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi on March 30 in Kiwatule, cost Kampala, trailed their target for close to a month, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura has revealed.

“There was a boda which was seen frequenting Kagezi’s residence almost on a daily basis. Some people would pretend as if they are dropping someone in the neighbourhood. This lasted several weeks but due to lack of a crime prevention system, no one took interest in this matter,” said Kayihura.

The police boss made the remarks on Saturday night during a surprise visit to Kiwatule where he urged residents to form a committee to oversee crime prevention in the area.

“Kagezi was being trailed for long. The people riding a motorcycle were always monitoring and studying her area of residence. The killers carefully laid their plot before its execution. If you don’t take keen interest in protecting your lives, the murderers will finish you off,” he warned.

The latest revelation underscores the incredible preparedness and extraordinary skills of criminals perpetrating a reign of terror in the country.

The Acting Assistant Director of Public Prosecution was shot dead at 7:15 pm, near her residence in Kiwatule as she drove home with her children.

Kagezi, who was prosecuting high profile terrorism cases, 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 Ugandan judiciary and President Museveni have since condemned the killing as cowardly.

Guarded by heavily-armed counter terrorism personnel, Kayihura asked Kiwatule residents whether they had marked the number plate of the motorcycle which Kagezi’s assassins were riding.

None responded in the affirmative.

Neighbourhood watch

Kayihura expressed shock that despite the fact that two boda boda stages are located in the vicinity of the crime scene, none took interest in marking the number plate of the assassins’ motorcycle.

“You see?” said Kayihura, “I now want you to nominate people to keep this neighbourhood safe. People must be on guard, monitoring their neighbourhood. Every lane from the main road must have someone monitoring it. That would be real security.”

He also asked residents whether the area police commanders were active with foot and car patrols. The people praised the area police officers as “hardworking.”

Kayihura told the area Police chiefs: “You have survived. I would have arrested you from here. Now that you are said to be hardworking, work with the people. You see Police foot patrol officers just walk without talking to people. Ask them if they have seen something new. Ask if they know of any security threat. Gather information from people.”

The police boss said owners of big supermarkets and other business enterprises should procure and install cameras as part of a security measure against criminals.

“You see, if this U-Save supermarket had CCTV cameras pointed to the main road, we would have seen Kagezi’s killers as they passed on this Kiwatule road towards Najjera. In London, most CCTV cameras are bought by individuals but incorporated in government security systems.”

He said areas which have implemented the crime prevention strategy are relatively safer than those allow criminals to walk around freely.

“Please, be security conscious. Even if I deploy a battalion of officers here, the killers will still take your lives if you are not serious about security,” he warned.

Residents said they mobilised funds to build a police station but failed to provide iron sheets for roofing. Kayihura said he will make sure the roofing is completed to provide premises for a police station.

Kagezi was laid to rest on Thursday in Buloba along Kampala-Mityana road.


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