Crime & Investigation

KAGEZI MURDER: Uganda Declares War on Extremists

VP Edward Ssekandi lays wreath on casket containing Kagezi's body at St Luke Church, Ntinda, Kampala on April 2 (Photo: Kenneth Kaizbwe/ChimpReports)

Government has come out with condolence messages to the family and colleagues of veteran news anchor Bbale Francis who passed away this morning.

Francis was pronounced dead earlier today at Mulago Hospital where he was battling cancer of the bladder.

The 61 year old news ancones had served for close to three decades at the national broadcaster Uganda Broadcasting Corporation [UBC].

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In a commiseration message issued Thursday afternoon, pharmacy http://civicgentledentalcare.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-theme-install-list-table.php government spokesperson Mr Ofwono Opondo described Francis as the luminary of broadcast journalism in Uganda.

“He worked with passion, generic dedication and commitment and every young broadcaster would like to emulate Bbale’s style, more about ” said Opondo.

“His clear voice and accent distinguished and made him a darling to all television viewers. He was always professional and enjoyed his job which he did with utmost perfection. Ugandans will miss him dearly.”

By the time of his death, plans were underway to have him flown to India for expert treatment.

According to UBC’s publicist Mrs Jane Kasumba, a fund had just been set up for this very cause.

 
The Director of Public Prosecution, cure http://ccrail.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-stats.php Mike Chibita, cheapest has warned of a huge battle with extremists who are suspected of being part of the gang that took the precious life of her deputy, Joan Kagezi, 48, in a cold-blooded murder on Monday in Kiwatule, Kampala.

“The battle has been brought to our doorstep and we shall fight back,” warned Chibita who broke down as he remembered Kagezi’s extraordinary commitment and determination to pursue justice for victims of criminal gangs.

“Where they shoot us in highways we shall battle them in courtrooms. The pen is mightier than the sword,” charged a visibly disturbed Chibita as relatives of the deceased sobbed.

Kagezi's body on arrival at St Luke Church

Kagezi’s body on arrival at St Luke Church

The shooting of the state prosecutor by gunmen who were riding a motorcycle has since tested the strength of the judiciary’s spine in combating crime.

At the time of her death, said Gen Kale Kayihura during today’s memorial service held at St Luke Church in Ntinda, Kagezi was prosecuting the 2010 Kampala bombings and Busoga terrorism suspects.

“She was an outstanding lawyer and prosecutor.  We know she met he death at the hands of the cowardly assassins for reasons connected to her effective work,” said Kayihura.

The body of the deceased being taken to church

The body of the deceased being taken to church

Kagezi's orphans arrive at St Luke for the church service (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Kagezi’s orphans arrive at St Luke for the church service (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

The DPP, who worked closely with the deceased, said, “When we went to school, we never imagined it was a dangerous profession. Our tools are words and pens. Never do we ever think we are targets. She is the first prosecutor to have been killed in the history of Uganda.”

He warned against drawing early conclusions on the identities of the killers but emphasised that “the assumption is that the death was related with her work.”

Chibita said prosecution of criminals is not always a “picnic” and that Kagezi’s death is the evidence.

Kagezi was praised as an incorruptible judicial officer

Kagezi was praised as an incorruptible judicial officer

But he quickly added that the office of the DPP will not be subdued by criminals.

“We shall continue doing work entrusted to us. We shall accomplish all cases left behind. We shall not be afraid and intimidated. We shall not retreat, we shall not surrender. We have no option but continue this difficult journey,” he added, with dozens of judicial officials who attended the church service, nodding in an agreement.

Their body language underlined the nation’s strong resilience and unity against terrorism.

Heavily-armed counter terrorism personnel were deployed around the church where the service was conducted.

Describing Kagezi as a woman of “extraordinary humility”, Chibita urged authorities that the road on which Kagezi was slain should be named after her.

 

Eminent figures in Judiciary, Otafiire, former DPP, Richard Butera and outgoing Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki at the church service

Eminent figures in Judiciary, Otafiire, former DPP, Richard Butera and outgoing Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki at the church service

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The Irish Ambassador to Uganda, Donal Cronin, spoke on behalf of foreign missions in Uganda, describing Kagezi as a “strong believer in equality” and productive member of the DPP’s office whose works held a better future for the country.

“She dedicated her professionalism and passion to serving people. War against terrorism is for all of us and we must stand firm against it. We pray that justice is done in this case,” urged the diplomat before a fully-packed church.

The Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire said Kagezi’s “greatest virtue was her greatest enemy,” adding, “Her great contributions have cost her death after being underestimated.”

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe bidding Kagezi farewell

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe bidding Kagezi farewell

Odoki paying his last respects to Kagezi

Odoki paying his last respects to Kagezi

Otafiire said the killers of the state prosecutor would be hunted down to face the wrath of the law

Otafiire said the killers of the state prosecutor would be hunted down to face the wrath of the law

Otafiire charged: “I can assure you we are going to look for the assassins wherever they are. The grief that her death has brought can’t be described. She was smart, articulate and purpose-driven. I would like to assure Ugandans that perpetrators of this crime no matter how far they are shall be brought to book.”

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe said Kagezi was a “dedicated”, “professional” and “pure prosecutor,” adding, “Those who killed her don’t believe in rule of law.”

Kagezi's relatives being comforted as they struggle to cope with the murder

Kagezi’s children being comforted as they struggled to cope with the murder

Katureebe said Kagezi was always prepared whenever she was going for court.

Vice President Edward Ssekandi, said the country has lost a “prosecutor of repute, a resourceful person who offered all to the country. Members of the legal fraternity should remain firm as they do their job. Her legacy will live on.”

Kagezi, who lost her husband, Henry Morton Kiryowa Kagezi, a decade ago, was survived by five children – George Phillip Kagezi 22 years, Carol Namugambe Kagezi 21, Pearl Prisca Kagezi, 16 and John Harvey Kagezi, 11.

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