The Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded four suspects for terrorism and the murder of former Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Namazzi Kagezi. The suspects, Daniel Kisekka Kiwanuka, John Kibuuka, Nasur Abdallah Mugongole, and John Masajjage, are accused of gunning down Kagezi in Kiwatule, Kampala District, on March 30, 2015, for the purpose of influencing the government or intimidating the public.
The suspects arrived at the court under tight security and were held in the court cells for approximately an hour before being brought into a packed courtroom. They were not represented by lawyers and have been remanded to their respective prisons until November 20, 2023, while investigations continue.
Two of the suspects, Kibuuka and Mugongole, are convicts who were previously in prison for aggravated robbery. The other two suspects, Kiwanuka and Masajjage, are prisoners.
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has confirmed that it is prepared to prosecute the case and has identified the real suspects. This follows eight years of investigations with no arrests made.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had previously claimed that Kagezi’s real killers are in Europe, but the DPP’s office has assured that the suspects in custody are the real perpetrators.
More details about the suspects’ origins and plans to commit the crime are not yet available, as the Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has labeled the investigation as “protected.”