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US Embassy terror alert becomes self-fulfilling prophecy in Uganda

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 by Joseph Earnest March 30, 2015


Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—The Daily Mail was one of the first international news platforms to announce the gunning down of the lead prosecutor in an impending Al Shabaab case under way in Uganda.


According to the Daily Mail, Joan Kagezi has been a chief prosecutor in the trial of around a dozen people accused of organising two attacks that killed at least 79 people in crowds watching screenings of the soccer World Cup final in July 2010. Al Shabaab claimed the bombings as retaliation for Uganda's dispatch of troops to bolster the Somali government.


Uganda law enforcement believe the assassination was pre-planned and methodical, because Kagezi was trailed by motorcycle gunmen, who targeted only her, and sped away after pumping bullets into her body, in a Kiwatule suburb around 7 p.m. local time.


Yet there are very many answered questions, that perhaps investigators, particularly local journalists in Kampala should look at.


Last week, on March 25, the US Embassy in Kampala issued a terror alert, that something big was about to happen: "The U.S Embassy has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners, including U.S. citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon.  Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. Mission has cancelled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels in the coming days.  U.S. citizens staying or visiting hotels should expect increased security sweeps and delays when entering or exiting hotel areas," the alert read in part. (pop-up). 


Local law enforcement however, had a different approach to the credible threat: "Do not fear, go out, shop, enjoy and don't panic. Terrorists always want to create fear and panic which is their major weapon but continue being vigilant." the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura told the natives in a press conference, that was carried by the state-owned paper.


This evening, on Monday March 30, the city residents who appear to have let down their guard, are now shell-shocked that the US Embassy terror warning has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, however, it happened to a native, not the foreigners who heeded the warning.


The lingering questions any critical thinker should ask, that raise suspicion, are the following: After the US Embassy issued an alert of an impending terror attack, why wasn't the lead prosecutor given security guards to secure her safety to and from work, yet she was involved in a dangerous terror-related case?


Why would the assassination of Kagezi take place now, right before trial? Were there new revelations that were disclosed that might have been damaging to whomever put a bounty on her head?


Since the terror alert was to Americans, could Kagezi have had information that may have been valuable to "Western interests" making her a target to prevent such information from being shared?


What was the motive, since every criminal is motivated by something?


Cicero reminds us of the famous Lucius Cassius, who regarded the Roman people as an extremely fair and wise judge, and always used to ask the same question at the trials over which he presided: "Who stood to gain?" Human nature is such that no one attempts to commit a crime without hope of gain.  (Cicero Orations, In Defense of Sextus Roscius, 84th paragraph, 80 B.C.)


Likewise, one should ask the question, who stands to gain from the death of Joan Kagezi?


There are only two types of entities that stand to gain: the person(s) who is exonerated of something by her murder, or the person(s) facing conviction for the murder.


If it is the person(s) being exonerated, from what are they being exonerated? What information might Kagezi have acquired that would have been harmful, therefore the best way to prevent it from coming out at trial would be to silence her, thus exonerating oneself from the incriminating information?


If on the other hand it is the person(s) already facing conviction, how would they benefit from committing a murder in the open, yet a terror alert had been issued, and it would be self-defeating to commit a crime that would point to them right before trial begins?


What occurred today was not an issue of "kondoism", a term used in the US criminal justice system coined by the late Dr. Andrew Kayiirait was cold-blooded murder.


Accordingly, the above-raised questions should be given consideration in solving the tragic murder of Joan Kagezi.   Add Comments>>











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