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Kayihura condemns Kaweesi's murder

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th March 2017 09:08 PM

The Senior Police officer was shot, killed together with his bodyguard Cpl Erau Kenneth and Mambewa Godfery

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The Senior Police officer was shot, killed together with his bodyguard Cpl Erau Kenneth and Mambewa Godfery

It is with great sorrow that I announce the tragic death of Assistant Inspector General of Police Felix Andrew Kaweesi, the Director Human Resource Development/Police Spokesperson, which occurred this morning a few minutes after 0900 hours at Tuba Village, Nakawa Division, in Kampala District.

The Senior Police officer was shot, killed together with his bodyguard, No. 47113 Cpl Erau Kenneth and driver No. 60587 C/Drv Mambewa  Godfery, by yet to be identified gunmen on a bodaboda motorcycle. We have not yet established whether there were two or three gunmen.

The assailants on the bodaboda trailed him for some distance from his home, and while in motion, first fired shots in the air, and then shot at the police vehicle reg. no. UP 4778 through the hind screen and at the tyres deflating them.

They then showered the vehicle with bullets both through the sides and into the vehicle killing the three occupants. The thugs then fled in the direction of Kisasi trading center on their motorcycle.

The late Assistant Inspector General of Police Felix Andrew Kaweesi was a very able, patriotic, professional and reliable officer who has left a mark on the force, leaving a vacuum that will be hard to fill.

Let me on behalf of the entire police force, as well as my own behalf and that of my family extend our most heartfelt condolences to the families of our fallen comrades.

Let me on behalf of the Uganda Police Force express appreciation to H.E the President, who immediately on learning of the murder of AIGP Kaweesi sent a message of condolence, condemnation at the killing and reassurance to the country and the world that in spite of this tragic incident, the country’s security is robust  and will be further enhanced.

In Particular, the decision to procure and install CCTV cameras in the city, all major towns and along the highways will greatly assist us to fight and defeat these thugs.

We should point out, however that while we appreciate this development, the police have not been deterred by absence of CCTV camera and other security technologies, to fight and succeed in the fight against violent thuggery in our country.

Using traditional methods of criminal investigations, we have dealt serious blows on these cowardly thugs. Indeed, most of the killers and their backers in the murders of Sheikhs especially between 2014-2015 (including the recent killing in similar manner of the late Sheikh Major Kiggundu) are all behind bars and before courts of law facing justice.

They include the murders of Sheikh Bahiga in December 2014 at Bwebajja along Entebbe Road, the late Sheikh Doctor Muwaya in December 2014 at Mayuge District.

The late Sheikh Kirya which occurred in 2015 at Bweyogerere Trading center, two police officers shot dead in 2015 while guarding the home of Lady Justice Mwondha, the late Tito Okware the Chairman LC III Namayingo District, the late Sheikh Kiggundu in Masanafu where 4 suspects were arrested and charged before the courts of law.

Even in the pending case of the late Joan Kagezi, we have established very good clues towards the identity of the thugs that gunned her down. If we could succeed with little support from technology, there is no doubt that with CCTV cameras, violent thuggery such as that which has today claimed our comrades will be wiped out.

The public should therefore be reassured that inspite of this tragic loss, the days of thuggery in Uganda are numbered. As we remember AIGP Kaweesi and the comrades who died with him, let us rededicate ourselves to work together to make country more seucre through vigilance in your neighborhoods (Neighborhood Watch) and vigilance within the police force.

May the souls of our fallen comrades rest in eternal peace.

Burial arrangements will be communicated.

We have meanwhile opened up a condolence book at the police headquarters for members of the public and all staff to append their condolence messages.

Gen. Kale Kayihura.

 

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