Museveni speaks out on Adrew Kaweesi killing

President Yoweri Museveni has criticized the killing of Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Uganda’s second most prominent policeman on Friday.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Kaweesi served as the force’s spokesman and was one of the country’s most high-profile officers. He was killed alongside his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and the driver Godfrey Wamewo as they left his home to work in his official car registration number UP 4778.

As a consequence of these repeated murders in the city and other towns, the President has directed the immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and along the highways.

Museveni’s statement said, “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,” the President said.

He said the 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 Kigundu 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 said.

Kaweesi’s killing resembles the assassinations of other high profile legal and military personnel.

In March 2015 Joan Kagezi, a senior public prosecutor, was shot in the street and the assailant escaped with an accomplice on a motorcycle.

In November last year Ugandan army officer, major Sulaiman Kiggundu — a former Allied Democratic Forces rebel — was shot in his car by gunmen travelling on two motorcycles. Both crimes remain unsolved.

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