Bullet casings in the murder of Ugandan prosecutor match those in Muslim leaders’ shootings, say investigators

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CAN’T DENY OR CONFIRM: Uganda Police Spokesman, Fred Enanga

 

KAMPALA-Investigators in the murder of Ugandan prosecutor Joan Kagezi say bullet casings recovered at the crime scene where she was shot are similar to those used in recent murders of Muslim clerics in various parts of the country.

Ugandan Police has linked the murder of Muslim leaders to the activities of the Allied Democratic Forces around the country. ADF is considered a terrorist organization.

A meeting by the Joint Operations Committee was on Tuesday night briefed by detectives investigating the murder of Joan Kagezi. A source close to the meeting told Afrika Reporter that preliminary ballistics examinations show that the marks on the bullet cartridges left by the killers are similar in the different murders under investigations.

The joint operations committee is chaired by the Director of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate (CIID) Grace Akullo. Other agencies represented are the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Special Forces Command (SFC).

Ugandan police spokesperson Fred Enanga could neither deny nor confirm the linkage. He says a conclusive position will be taken after a full ballistic report has been presented.

Joan Kagezi, the lead prosecutor in the trial of suspects of the July 2010 twin bombingS in Kampala was shot dead by two men riding a motorcycle on Monday evening in Kiwatule. She was due to present the main state witness in the trial of suspects in the bombings at the Ethiopian Village Restaurant and Kyadondo Rugby Club in which 76 people died.

Police is following up on the similarities of the methods used in the murder of Joan Kagezi and Sheikhs Bahiga and Ssentamu. In all incidents, the killers trailed the victims using motorcycles and shot them at close range. About 17 suspects are on trial for the murder of the Sheikhs.

Meanwhile, three eyewitnesses on the scene of the murder of State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi have been placed under police protection.

The fruit and vegetable vendors were last night interviewed by the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and thereafter placed under police protection.

“Immediately after the shooting, police secured the scene, and interviewed eye witnesses who have given very useful information that will assist in the hunt for the murderers,” police said in a statement.

Kagezi, who was driving back home from work was shot at point-blank range twice by men on a motorcycle as she purchased vegetables from a roadside market in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb .

A police statement released Monday night says Kagezi died a few minutes after being evacuated from the scene of the shooting and was pronounced dead on arrival at Mulago national referral hospital.

The statement further says that Kagezi was working with the Police in investigating the recent murders of Muslim clerics in Kampala and Busoga region. Her murder has similarities with those of the slain sheikhs.

The killers, according to the latest information from Police investigators were riding on a motorcycle of boxer type, red in color. They parked the motorcycle next to Kagezi‘s vehicle and shot her twice in the neck and shoulder, through the widow on the driver’s side. She was driving the vehicle herself.

A statement released by the minister of Information and National Guidance Jim Muhwezi says the attackers trailed Kagezi using her “usual route home” and “opened fire on her” when she stepped out of her car to purchase fruits at the roadside market in Kiwatule.

Kagezi was expected to lead the key witness in the Terror suspects’ trial, Issa Luyima, in testimony on Tuesday at the High Court. The testimony of Luyima is expected to pin the suspected terrorists as having worked with the al-Shabaab to plan the July 11, 2010 twin terror attacks on the capital Kampala.

Various bodies, including the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) have condemned the murder of Kagezi and called for government investigations into the killing.