The Uganda Police Force has produced four suspects in the murder of Assistant DPP Joan Kagezi before the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court presided over by HW Elias Kakooza.
They include; Kisekka Daniel Kiwanuka, Kibuuka John alias Musa, Massajjage John alias Mubiru Brian alias Badru alias Chongo and Nasur Abdallah Mugonole.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions led by Assistant DPP Thomas Jatiko and Omara Lillian Chief State Attorney and a team of over 40 other eminent prosecutors of the ODPP, informed the court that the accused persons were presented to the court so that the charges are read and communicated to them.
Accordingly, the presiding Chief Magistrate read to them two counts of offences of Terrorism and Murder.
The prosecution alleges that on 30th March 2015, he accused persons for purposes of influencing the government or intimidating the public for social or economic aims, indiscriminately involved themselves in the attack and consequent murder of Assistant DPP Joan Namazzi Kagezi, a person in a public institution.
The charges consented to by Jane Frances Abodo the Director of Public Prosecutions further indicate that the accused persons with malice aforethought, unlawfully caused the death of the said Joan Namazzi Kagezi. The two children of the late Joan Namazzi Kagezi were present in court to witness the court appearance of the persons charged with the murder of their dear late mother.
The matter was adjourned to 20th November 2023 for the mention of the case, wherein the Prosecution intends to take further steps towards the prosecution of the case.
Joan was gunned down in her vehicle before her children on the fateful evening of the 30th March 2015 in Kiwatule, in the suburb of Kampala City. At the time of her demise, she was prosecuting the famous 2010 Terrorism Twin Bombing case at the High Court of Kampala before Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, the current Chief Justice of Uganda.
In her memory, Justice Mike Chibita (JSC), as the DPP founded the annual Joan Kagezi Memorial Lecture in 2016 to honour her distinguished service and contribution towards fighting crime in Uganda.
“The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions commends the police and other joint security teams for the relentless efforts in tracking and arresting the key suspects after they had eluded arrest for a span of more than eight years since the heinous crimes were committed,” said DPP’s office.