Joan Kagezi – 8 Arrested

Eight people have so far been arrested in connection with the March 30 murder of Joan Namazzi Kagezi, the acting assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Gen Kale

Kayihura, the police chief, told journalists yesterday. Six people were arrested yesterday in Kyengera, in the central district of Wakiso, in addition to the two arrested last week.

“The terror suspects arrested in Kyengera are linked to the murder of Joan Kagezi. But it’s too early to identify them since investigations are still going on. Some of the suspects are Ugandans,” Kayihura told journalists.

The six suspects include two women. Since Kagezi’s murder in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb, police launched a man-hunt for her killers. Kayihura said police recovered “important exhibits” from the residence.

“We have useful leads but we can’t disclose them now. Let’s not jeopardize the investigations,” he said.

Kayihura said they linked the Kyengera suspects to the murder of Kagezi largely due to the intelligence information gathered so far about them and after following their movements.

“This was the third time they were shifting [residences] in a very short time. We got them as they tried to shift again. We are verifying if they have a clue on Kagezi’s murder,” Kayihura said.

Kayihura said they were renting in Kiwatule at the time of Kagezi’s murder and then they went to Kyaliwajjala before settling in Kyengera from where they were arrested. The suspects have been renting on a commercial building belonging to one Hajji Mikidad Lubega, a businessman.

Lubega was not around at the time of the arrest. Kayihura warned the public to be cautious when welcoming new tenants and avoid renting houses to people they are not sure of their background as part of a wider crackdown on terrorism in Uganda.

“Ask for their identification particulars and where they come from. Ask them why they are relocating to your area. We can only fight insecurity when we are cautious,” he said.

Some police sources claimed the suspects were arrested with chemicals used in making bombs. We could not verify this information by press time. The suspects were taken to Kyengera police station to record statements. Police sources said they will later be shifted to the anti-terrorism unit in Kampala for more questioning.

The development comes in the wake of a fresh terror alert. Police have discouraged the public from entering venues that are not well secured.

Source : The Observer


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