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Was Oklahoma native murdered in Uganda while working on investigative documentary?

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Jeff Rice (left) and Katheryne Fuller.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Washington-based Wayne Madsen Report investigative news blog is reporting today that
the death of freelance television producer and Oklahoma native Jeff Rice at a
swanky hotel in Kampala, Uganda, is likely linked to goons working within the dictatorial
regime of U.S. supported leader Yoweri Museveni and that a cover-up is now underway.

Rice, 39, who has worked on The
Amazing Race
and Whale Wars
reality shows is said to have been found on his hotel balcony, overlooking Lake
Victoria, with blood pouring from his nose and mouth. Next to him was his
unconscious assistant Katheryne Fuller. Reports are that while she is recovering, the authorities are holding her in
Uganda and the police there may charge her with drug possession,
according to the Daily Mail out of
the United Kingdom.

Initial reports, however, said the duo was targeted by African gang members and subsequently poisoned, although the police are now discounting that scenario.

Rice, notes CNN.com, was a co-owner of SB Productions in Durban, South Africa, along with his wife Sally Blackman. The article also notes his love of the African people and how he was given the name Legnai, which means 'a gift from God,' by the Zulu people. Rice leaves behind two daughters, ages 7 and 2.

“Dictator-for-life” Yoweri Museveni, as we have previously reported,
has been terrorizing government critics and journalists for some time now.
Museveni has also made it known he has no use for homosexuals either and the
anti-gay Ugandan tabloid media has been calling for the lynching of gays and lesbians while the
Ugandan parliament tries to pass legislation that would impose the death
penalty on those found to be homosexual. Those attitudes towards gays are believed to have been partly imported by The Family, the secretive, fundamentalist Christian group, linked to members of Congress, including conservative Oklahomans Inhofe and Sen. Tom Coburn. Inhofe has condemned the anti-gay legislation in recent months, but the attitudes among certain influential Ugandan parliamentarians, like David Bahati, remain.

So, under U.S.-friendly Museveni, a virtual reign of terror has
gripped the east-central, Anglophone African nation and the U.S. government ignores the bad behavior of Museveni - or do they?

Last fall, President Barack Obama was criticized by this
website for sending 100 U.S. "advisors” to Uganda in an alleged effort to put
an end to the insurgent death cult, the Lord’s Resistance Army. Little has been
said in the media since that time about the advisory mission, which was part of
the “Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of
2009
.” It is strongly supported by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the “Jesus
guy
” with a heart for the Ugandan people. As for the mission, Inhofe’s
spokesman Jared Young told Red Dirt
Report
that Uganda is of “national strategic importance.”

So, if that’s true, did Jeff Rice get dispatched to Uganda
not so much to work on an adventure-themed reality show or some other straightforward series but rather to uncover and
film the dirty activities of the corrupt Museveni regime? Did U.S. (or corporate British) sources
expose Rice’s true intentions and put him and his crew in mortal danger and
then use a “cocaine overdose” as a convenient cover story? Regardless, the specific
nature of his film project in Uganda remains unknown, although if the police report following Rice's death is to be believed, Rice and Fuller "had jetted into the country on Feb. 15, 2012 as an advance party to a larger team that were to film a documentary in Uganda in collaboration with Hope Medical Clinics Uganda, affiliated to Starley Hearing Foundation based in Minnesota USA which offers free hearing aids to hearing-impaired victims."

Red Dirt Report assumes the Ugandan police report meant to read "Starkey Hearing Foundation," which is the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based hearing aid company that has been working in rural Ugandan villages with the assistance of Oklahoma City-based Pros for Africa, which this website reported on back in August 2011. Students and professors from the University of Oklahoma, along with professional athletes, have been jetting over to Uganda over the past year or so with relative frequency to offer their time and skills with Pros for Africa.

CNN.com simply notes that Rice had planned to be in Uganda through mid-March.

Other mainline news and entertainment websites like E! Online is reporting
that Rice reportedly died of a cocaine overdose, information which comes from
Museveni’s henchmen within the Uganda Police Force.  Again, early reports regarding Rice’s death suggested
“thugs” tried to rob and somehow poisoned the man and his assistant and perhaps a cameraman as well.

But Wayne Madsen’s sources say “Rice and Fuller may have
asked one too many questions that the Ugandan regime found uncomfortable and in
an attempt to forestall a further investigation, decided to poison Rice and
Fuller. 

From the police report: "Toxicological results of the post-mortem exhibits submitted to Government Analytical Laboratory Wandegeya reveals that major metabolites of cocaine were qualitatively detected. The whitish power in a plastic bag found at the scene contained acetaminophen, caffeine, acetylcodein, diacetylmorphine and papaverine which are opiates classified as drug of abuse."

In Madsen’s article, headlined “CBS producer murdered by
Susan Rice’s favorite dictator” (Susan Rice is the U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations) featured on Madsen’s popular, subscription-only site, he reminds readers
that the FBI, which normally appears on the scene to investigate the deaths of
American citizens in foreign countries, “has been strangely silent on the Rice
assassination.”

Back to the aforementioned Daily Mail article ... while both tested positive
for cocaine, and speculation among Ugandan authorities is that Rice and Fuller
were part of a drug-smuggling operation, “friends believe they were forced to
ingest it after a failed shakedown … others fear they were targeted because
they were working on an investigative documentary.”

We were unable to confirm it at the time of publication (1:20 a.m., Feb. 24, 2012), a "Jeff Rice" graduated in 1990 from Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Considering his age was 39, that would correlate with the 1990 graduation date.

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