The shooting took place in front of a residential house, which is next to another building with some kiosks that is next to a stage of motorcyclists also referred to as a boda boda stage. The location is some 600 metres away from Kaweesi’s home, which also happens to be about 300 metres from a local police post.
As news of Kaweesi’s killing spreads, swarms of police swoop on the area. They seal of houses and nobody is allowed out. Police detectives comb area shops, supermarkets and hotels. They ask attendants about any CCTV cameras.
At Satellite Hotel, a few metres from the main shopping area; Kisaasi trading centre, several officers moving on two Landcruiser pickup trucks enter the hotel. Kaweesi is said to have frequented this hotel and anyone aimed to assassinate him possibly did surveillance here. A large shop across the road is also checked.
Kaweesi’s boss, Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura arrived at the scene at about 11am and held several meetings. Sources say Kayihura during one of these meetings Kayihura received a call from President Museveni, who wanted details. Sources say Museveni also gave Kayihura directions on how investigations should be conducted. The Independent could not confirm details of the call.
It is said that initially, Kayihura had put together a team comprising officers from Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP), Counter Terrorism, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (CIID).
However, following the inter-agency conferencing, a meeting to set up an investigating committee from other agencies, officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO), were also brought on board.
The new team now includes; CIID boss, Grace Akullo, Counter Terrorism boss, John Ndungutse, SIU’s Francis Olugo, new CMI chief, Col. Abel Kandiho, among others.
In total, the team has over 20 experienced investigators from different agencies and is headed by Akullo. He said they had brought on board people with military experience the killers have military skills. Kayihura said this team is expected to give him a report, which he will forward to President Museveni.
By the time the police chief arrived at the scene, the Forensics and scene of crime experts’ team had already arrived and surrounded the scene with scene of crime tape. The bodies of the three were examined and taken two Mulago in three ambulances.
Kayihura immediately said the assailants aim was to hurt police.
“They (attackers) have been saying that they will hit us where it hurts most,” he told journalists at the scene.
Security Minister, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, also arrived hours later. Tumukunde who built a reputation when he smashed rings of terrorists throwing bombs around the city in the early 2000s said by looking at similar killings, the pattern is clear; the killers use motorbikes, appear very professional in the execution of their mission, and are confident enough to remain at the scene to ascertain that the target has been eliminated.
Tumukunde was referring to killing of several prominent personalities in a fashion similar to Kaweesi.
In the last case before Kaweesi, an army officer, who had converted from a rebel into a high profile prosecutor working on terrorism cases, was killed at almost the same time of the day as Kaweesi and in almost identical fashion. Before that several Muslim clerics were assassinated.
Kaweesi’s case, however, appears to open up the range of possible targets. According to one version of interpretation, the police is now a target because of its very overt political stance.
Under Kayihura, observers say, the police has become an appendage of Museveni’s government. It is far from a neutral law and order institution and its top officers are agents of the government.
According to this version, some officers attract attention because of the way they personalise their conduct of force affairs. The result is that the force has some “celebrity cops”, some of them untouchable and capable of acting with impunity.
The main concern, however, is that as the range of possible targets widens; from Muslim clerics, to judicial officers, army officers, police officers, and almost anyone else, one question stands out: Who is next?