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Statement on the death of Ms. Joan Kagezi

The Late Ms. Joan Kagezi. (File photo). The Late Ms. Joan Kagezi. (File photo).


The Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) joins the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the entire country in mourning the untimely death of Ms. Joan Kagezi who was shot dead yesterday on March 30, 2015 near her home in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb at approximately 7.00 pm. Ms. Kagezi was at the time of her death a Senior Principal State Attorney and Ag. Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of the International Crimes Section. The sector condemns, in the strongest terms this barbaric and heinous act meted on an innocent civilian, a dedicated civil servant and mother.

Ms. Kagezi was unflinching and uncompromising in her dedication to ensuring justice prevails. This was exhibited in her tireless efforts to prosecute cases relating to terrorism, war crimes, and human trafficking while at the International Crimes Division of the High Court.  The Justice, Law and Order Sector further celebrates Ms. Kagezi’s immense contribution to transitional justice policy and strategy formulation as a member of the JLOS Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG). Through this cause, Joan was relentless in ensuring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Uganda face the full force of the law and that justice is served to the victims. Ms Kagezi also served the sector diligently as the alternate chairperson of the Criminal Justice Working group

The assailants, through their evil act may have robbed this nation of an exceptional human being in Ms Joan Kagezi’s but her legacy and contribution to justice and the rule of law in Uganda will forever remain with us, etched in our memory and inspiring many in the fight for justice.

Our deepest condolences go to her family, especially her beautiful children in whose presence their mother was brutally murdered.  The Justice, Law and Order Sector through the relevant State Institutions will not rest until the perpetrators and masterminds of this criminal act are brought to justice.


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 ISSUED BY: The JLOS Secretariat Published: March 31, 2015