DPP: We Have No Suspect Yet In Joan Kagezi Murder
The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) is yet to make headway in the murder of former Senior Principal State Attorney, Joan Kagezi.
On March 31, 2015, Kagezi was shot dead by unknown assailants in Kiwatule, a suburb in Kampala as she drove home. She was shot by two assailants who had trailed her on a bodaboda motorcycle.
Kagezi was a state prosecutor in the trial of 13 individuals suspected of participating in the 2010 twin bomb blasts in Kampala.
Mike Chibita, the DPP told legislators on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee on April 12, 2017, that no progress has been made so far in prosecuting suspects, adding that even though there have been leads, they are not credible enough.
Chibita told the MPs that information from Police is that while there were arrests made, no file has been sanctioned.
The DPP was also questioned by MPs on the progress of investigations in relation to the murder of former Assistant Inspector General of Police and police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Kaweesi was brutally murdered last month by unknown assailants in Kulambiro, a suburb in Kampala, together with his driver and bodyguard.
In response, Chibita said over 20 suspects have been arrested and are in police custody, adding that the DPP will sanction charges once investigations by Police are complete.
During the meeting, Chibita also revealed that the DPP’s office requires Ugx 5 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year budget to beef up security for state prosecutors.
While presenting the ministerial policy statement before the committee, Chibita outlined the risky nature of state prosecutors, noting that it is important for the prosecutors to be given maximum security, including police escorts and escort vehicles.
Chibita also revealed that the DPP’s office has dispatched a team to Tanzania to compile an inventory of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) leader, Jamil Mukula, currently held at Luzira Prison.
Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania in April 2015 and is accused of terrorism and murder charges, including masterminding the murder of almost 100 students of Kichwamba Technical Institute in 1998.
The DPP said the inventory will establish what investments Mukulu had set up and have them attached.