The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has officially notified the Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court that investigations into the terrorism and murder of Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi Namazzi have been concluded. Assistant DPP Thomas Jatiko, addressing the Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Erias Kakooza on Monday, revealed that the DPP possesses compelling evidence to implicate the four suspects in the case. 

These suspects include Daniel Kisekka Kiwanuka, a peasant farmer and charcoal burner residing in Nsanvu village, Kitimbwa town council, Kayunga district; John Kibuuka, also known as Musa, an inmate at Kigo prison; Nasur Abdallah Mugongole; and John Masajjage, also known as Mubiru Brian or alias Badru or Chongo, both inmates at Kitalya Mini Max prisons in Wakiso district. 

Jatiko requested the Court to issue a production warrant to ensure the physical presence of the accused persons in Court as he presented a summary of the incriminating evidence. Following this, the Chief Magistrate is expected to endorse and commit them to the International Crimes Division of the High Court for trial. Notably, the suspects were absent from the Court proceedings, neither appearing physically nor via Zoom, as they had in previous sessions. 

It has been confirmed that the four accused individuals are held in separate prisons, with locations including Jinja Main Prison, Kitalya, Luzira Murchison Bay, and Kigo Prisons. Consequently, the Chief Magistrate has issued a production warrant, compelling the Uganda Prison Services to ensure the appearance of the accused persons before the Court on March 6th, 2024. 

The accused persons face charges of murder and terrorism. The Prosecution asserts that on March 30th, 2015, the accused, along with others still at large, engaged in activities in Kiwatule, Nakawa Division, Kampala District, aimed at influencing the government, intimidating the public, or pursuing political, religious, social, or economic motives. This culminated in an indiscriminate attack resulting in the murder of Assistant DPP Joan Namazzi Kagezi. 

Furthermore, the Prosecution alleges that with malice aforethought, the accused unlawfully caused Kagezi’s death at the aforementioned location and time. The accused were previously arraigned in court on November 6th, 2023, and subsequently returned to remand, except Kisekka, who had been serving a sentence for involvement in an aggravated robbery case. 

Despite previous statements by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni suggesting the involvement of Kagezi’s killers being abroad, the Prosecution remains resolute in their identification of the real suspects and their commitment to pursuing the case to its conclusion, even after eight years with limited progress. March 30th, 2024, will mark exactly nine years since Kagezi was fatally shot. 

In a related development, the same Court has scheduled March 18th, 2024, for the case involving Kyoto Rashid, alias Njovu, accused of murdering Alyai Eric, a Ugandan tour guide, and two British tourists, Barlow David James and Geyer Emmarentia Cecilia.


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