President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has condemned the killing of Police PRO and AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. Kaweesi, 48, was gunned down today morning together with his bodyguard, Kenneth Erau and driver, Godfrey Mambewa by 4 men riding on Motorbikes.
Below is the President’s official statement;
I condemn in the strongest terms the killing of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau by thugs riding on motorcycles.
As a consequence of these repeated murders in the city and other towns, 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 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.
Security personnel and all citizens should be vigilant and on the lookout for these thugs who have made it a habit to use motorcycles to kill people.
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.
I condole with the bereaved families and assure them that government will bring these killers to book.
I also reassure the country that security of person and property of all citizens will be guarded at all costs.
Who is Andrew Felix Kaweesi
Kaweesi began his police career in 2001. After graduating at the police training school, Kibuli and serving in the force for about three years, he was appointed a personal assistant to Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura.
He was promoted after about two years and deployed as the head of Kabalye Police Training School.
From Kabalye, Kaweesi became the Commandant of Kampala Metropolitan Police and was promoted to the rank of AIGP. Kaweesi also served as the Director of Operations before being appointed Director of Human Resource Development in the Uganda Police Force.
At the time of his deployment in Kampala in 2011, the city was battling the Walk to Work protests, initiated by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye. He was appointed Police Spokesperson in August last year, to take over a mandate previously held by Fred Enanga, becoming the first person at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) to serve as a spokesperson in the History of the Uganda Police Force.
Kaweesi’s appointment came at a time when the Police Force was fighting a tainted image, in conflict with institutions like the Judiciary and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. Police was also facing criticism from the opposition, the diplomatic core and civil society organizations over brutality and corruption.
His duties included among others, re-branding the police force through its public relations department. He however maintained his position as the Director of the Human Resource Development.
RIP Afande Kaweesi.