Crime & Investigation

‘Mom’s Brutal Murder Broke our Hearts’

Carol Kagezi eulogising her mother on April 2 at St Luke Church, Ntinda, Kampala (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/CR)

With tears uncontrollably rolling down their cheeks, seek http://chagoscantina.com/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi’s orphans narrated how close they were to their mother whose life was tragically cut short on Monday by gunmen in Kiwatule, ailment http://ccscraneservice.com/plugins/content/jw_sigpro/jw_sigpro/includes/js/jquery_magnificpopup/popup.php Kampala.

Flanked by relatives, ask http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor-imagick.php the grief-stricken children were dressed in full black with one in sunglasses as they entered St Luke Church, Ntinda today.

Kagezi’s gold coffin was mounted with flowers as the pallbearers carried the casket to church amid unbearable grief.

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Speaking during the memorial service, the children described their late mother as the “pillar of faith and strength in our family throughout her entire life.”

“Our mother was a good story-teller and entertaining. She wanted to see us travel and learn new things. I remember even when she was travelling abroad; she took off time to drop us to school before proceeding for her journey. She loved us so much,” 21-year old Carol Kagezi told heartbroken mourners.

Kagezi's parents were inconsolable

Kagezi’s parents were inconsolable

“She made sure we had everything we wanted and even when it was the last cent in her bag and there was no food, mummy made sure we shared the little she had. Mummy never went to bed without telling us how she loved us,” the last born and 11-year-old John Harvey Kagezi eulogised her mother.

For the first born George Phillip Kagezi, their mother was the “great bond” the family had ever since the death of their dad 11 years ago.

“When dad died, it was her to play that role and she did it perfectly and our faith was built on togetherness of our family. In fact after the 2010 Lugogo bombings, mummy would always come home and tell us of how the investigations into the case were moving,” 22 –year-old Kagezi spoke of her mother.

He added while weeping,” When FBI officials, whom I had been watching in movies came home in relation to the 2010 Lugogo bombings case, she introduced me to them. Mummy was an intelligent, modest and adventurous person we were proud of.”

The orphans being comforted by relatives outside the church

The orphans being comforted by relatives outside the church

Kayihura describes Kagezi as a Martyr

In his speech, the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura, who spoke on behalf of the security agencies in the country, described the late prosecutor as a hero who died in the line of duty.

“She was an outstanding lawyer and prosecutor who met her death at the hands of the cowardly assassins for reasons connected to her job against terrorists, armed robbers and contract killers. We mourn Joan as a heroic fighter killed in action,” the police chief said of the slain prosecutor.

“I first met her during the investigations in the 2010 Lugogo bombings and she was a great team player and played a critical role in the case but it is unfortunate that she has died at a time when obstacles had been removed and the trial had started.”

Kids said they were proud of their mother

Kids said they were proud of their mother

Kayihura added that Kagezi was also influential during the cases involving killings in the Busoga region, which according to the police boss, were handled well due to advice from the slain prosecutor.

“I remember we had a case conference for the Busoga murders but though she was busy, I insisted she takes part and she later joined us as we spent the whole night trying to figure out what to do. When I suggested we indict ADF’s Jamil Mukulu and Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi, she supported the move.”

The IGP however warned that no stone would be left unturned in a bid to pursue the killers of the Senior Principal State Attorney and be brought to book.

“We shall not sleep until her killers are brought to justice and I promise that will be sooner than later because her death is martyrdom,” Kayihura warned.

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

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