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Kagezi Memorial Service Underway

The casket containing Kagezi's body has been brought to St Luke Church for today's memorial service (Photo: Pat Larubi/CR)

The South Sudan war that started in December 2013 between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, mind erectile Dr. Riek Machar is expected to cost the world`s youngest nation a staggering USD 28bn.

According report launched in capital Juba on Tuesday by the London based economics consultant body, cost Frontier Economics, store Center for Conflict Resolution Uganda and Center for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba detailed the prospected cost of South Sudan war to the country, region and the international community.

South Sudan which is one of the poorest countries in the world with a total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD 25bn largely surviving on oil exports, is currently facing both micro and macro-economic hardships as inflation worsens, local currency South Sudan Pounds drastically weakens against the dollar, with Foreign Exchange reserve reportedly getting depleted.

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“If the South Sudan conflict continues for another 1 to 5 years, it will cost South Sudan between US$22.3 billion and $28 billion. If the conflict’s effects are measured over 20 years to allow for flow-on effects, the loss is even greater: between $122 billion and $158 billion.” Part of the report says.

Meanwhile an extra USD 6bn shall be incurred internally on human cost of the conflict that has displaced and rendered unproductive close to two million of the 12 million total population, internally and over half a million to the neighboring countries including Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

“The human costs of conflict – death, hunger and disease – also have significant longer term economic impacts. Just taking the effects of hunger on labor productivity could mean a further $6 billion in lost GDP if the conflict were to last another 5 years.” The report added.

The spending on security by the government to contain the conflict has currently tripled the budget of the office of the president which handles the docket from SSP 201.3m to SSP 680m.

“South Sudan’s spending on security could increase by a further $2.2 billion were the conflict to last another 5 years. The savings in military spending that would result from resolving the conflict within a year from now would allow South Sudan to meet the internationally recommended target of allocating 20% of spending to education.”

The effort to peacefully resolve the war has been going on in the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa mediated by the regional body IGAD.
12:12AM: Condolence messages  from Kagezi’s friends across the world being read with many praising her selflessness and dedication to work.

12:00pm: Kagezi’s orphans conclude their moving speech at St Luke Church, online Ntinda: “We are proud to be her children”.

In a joint speech, approved Kagezi children remember their slain mother:

‘Our mom was a good story-teller. She was entertaining. She wanted to see us travel and learn new things.

Our faith and strength was always built on love and solidarity. She was intelligent and modest.

Mom always prayed with us and never went to bed without saying ‘good night’.

She had big plans for us during Easter. On the day she died, doctor she had told us to prepare what to wear during the Easter season.

If mom had 1 cent on her, we would use it to buy food and share equally. We can’t find words to describe her love. She was always there for us.

Kagezi’s daughter, Pearl, breaks down as she recounts her mom’s love:  “Her love for us was boundless. It’s bottomless.”

11:30AM: Kagezi’s father, Mr Sserwadda remembers Kagezi as “our family’s pillar. She played all roles given to her. Her death shattered our hearts.”

He adds: “Kagezi was a fearless and dedicated judicial officer who never let down her family after her husband’s death.”

On the day Kagezi was shot, says Sserwadda, he was returning from Najjera High School where he is the Head Master.

“I rushed to the scene where I found Kagezi in a pool of blood after being shot. I was heartbroken. The kids were crying. But she was later taken to Mulago Referral Hospital where she was pronounced dead,” he recounts.

Sserwada also expresses his fears about Kagezi’s life.

“When I heard that my daughter was prosecuting suspected terrorists, I started fearing for her life,” he notes.

Slain prosecutor’s father Mr Sserwada says when Kagezi’s husband died in 2006, she told us “everything would be fine” and never let down her family.

11:25: Elders describe Kagezi as a quiet, humble and strong woman who cared for her family, in-laws and parents with great care.

11:10am: Kagezi sister-in-law, Rose Kibuuka, says she wooed the late to fall for her brother at Makerere Law School and that it was not until 1991 that she joined their family.

“Joan was someone who was always with us in bad and good times. She never let us down,” recounted Kibuuka.

“Kagezi loved justice and was our free legal advisor. She has played her part; we should finish what she started.”

She concludes: “Before Kagezi died, she promised to take her father abroad for his grandson’s graduation but this was not fulfilled.”

11:05AM: Kagezi sister, Carol Nantale says they have lost their sister because peace does not prevail in the country.

She adds: “’Kagezi was so humble, peaceful and kind. She loved us. Thank you Joan for the big heart’

Sabiiti, who studied with Kagezi at Namagunga, further states that the deceased was humorous, stylish and classy.

Kagezi’s friend Cornelius Sabiiti says the deceased was generous, compassionate and loving to all.

The slain government lawyer is also remembered as someone who loved adventure.

11:00AM: Slain State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi’s second daughter, Pearl Kagezi, reads from the Bible a chapter on judgement and life after death.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

11:00AM: Kagezi’s daughter, Carol Kagezi reads Romans 8: 31-39, seeks God’s everlasting love.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 

 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

10:30AM: Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura arrive for the memorial service.

Uganda Revenue Authority boss, Doris Akol, IGG Irene Mulyagonja, Otafiire, DPP Mike Chibita and Security Minister, Karooro Okurut have just laid wreaths on the casket containing Kagezi’s body.

Kenya’s Chief  Prosecutor Duncan Ondim, Gen Kayihura and Ssekandi lay wreaths on the casket amid tears and grief.

10:20am: Mass officially starts with preacher calling upon Ugandans to live a graceful life to enjoy blessing in Heaven.

“Everyone who believes and lives in me will never die.”

10:05AM: The casket containing Kagezi’s body is led to the church with choir singing, ‘Oh to Jesus I Surrender.’

Justices Benjamin Odoki, Remmy Kasule, Lydia Mugambe and Alfonso Owinyi Dollo – a judge handling the 2010 Kampala bombings trial are present.

Police suspect that Kagezi’s murder could be related to the terrorism prosecutions she has been leading at Kampala High Court.

10:00AM: The memorial service for slain Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Joan Kagezi, has kicked off at St. Luke Church in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb.

In attendance are Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwiine and Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID) boss, Grace Akullo, who was at the scene of Kagezi’s shooting in Kiwatule on Monday.

Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe who is at the church says it is filled to capacity with top shots from the Judiciary which Kagezi served for decades, paying their respects to the deceased.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda is also in attendance.

UPDF is among the security agencies investigating Kagezi’s murder.

Kagezi's body being removed from the vehicle to St Luke Church

Kagezi’s body being removed from the vehicle to St Luke Church

The casket containing Kagezi’s body arrived at the church from Kiwatule at 9:48am under tight security. Two police patrol cars carrying heavily-armed counter terrorism personnel were part of the convoy to St Luke Church.

Kazibwe reports that more big shots from government including former IGG Faith Mwondha and Prisons Boss, Johnson Byabashaija have today graced the memorial service.

“The mood is tense with relatives breaking down in grief. The deceased’s mother is being helped by relatives to overcome the pain. It’s a moving spectacle,” reports Kazibwe.


Kagezi was on Monday 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 colour, 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. Kagezi was shot in the head and neck in front of her kids.

Police have since vowed to hunt down the perpetrators of the horrific shooting that has sent shockwaves across the nation.

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