By Wenpa editorial
The Police Spokesperson, his body guard and driver have this morning been shot dead by unknown gunmen.
The killing of the high ranking officer in the country has shocked many with a call to increase in security surveillance, tracking down of people holding guns illegally and lack of security surveillance cameras across the city.
While addressing the reporters at the scene, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, said: “It is sad that this morning, one of our senior colleagues AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gruesomely killed as he was going for duty.”
Emilian identified late Kaweesi’s driver as Godfrey Wambewo and body guard, Kenneth Erau. Their bodies have been taken to the mortuary for postmortem.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Friday afternoon condemned the killing and called for installation of CCTV cameras in the city. He said gunmen have always taken advantage of the laxity in security surveillance to cause attacks.
In a press release, President Museveni said: “I have directed the immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and along the highways. We have been planning to do this project for some time but we have been postponing it on account of other priorities like the roads and electricity. Since, however, these thugs think they can use this remaining gap in our otherwise robust security frame-work, I have decided and directed the Minister of Finance to work with Police to immediately close this gap.”
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the killings. Photo by Felix
According to preliminary police investigations, Kaweesi and the two other policemen, driving in his official car, were shot dead about 100 meters after leaving his home in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb. The investigations say the late Kaweesi were trailed by men on a motorcycle. Recently, there has been a spate of killings especially of top army and police officials. In November last year, Maj Mohammad Kiggundu was shot dead with his body guard in Kampala in a similar manner.
“Remember the incidents of Joan Kagezi, Major Kiggundu and a number of Sheikhs; they were killed in the same manner. If you notice such characters and especially if they are trailing a person with armed guards, you should take prompt action and challenge them,” Museveni added.
Kaweesi was appointed head of Public Relations Officer in order to help redeem the image of the police that had been tainted by brutality of the force especially in handling demonstrations by the opposition party leaders. Prior to his appointment in Public Relations, he was Director for Human Resource in the Police Force.
He also served as Director Police Operations. Policemen are still combing areas of Kulambiro as they hunt for the ‘killers’ of Kaweesi as no arrests have so far been made.