President condemns Kaweesi murder, directs security cameras be installed
President Yoweri Museveni has spoken out strongly against the murder of Assistant Inspector of General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi by unknown assailants and directed the immediate installation of security cameras across the country.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the killing of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi by thugs riding on motorcycles,” he said.
Uganda’s President also asked security to step up their act, and engage any suspicious people.
“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,” President Museveni said in a statement, advising that “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 noted the resemblance of today’s murder to that of prosecutor Joan Kagezi, with the assailants riding motorcycles.
In March 2015 Kagezi, a senior public prosecutor, was shot in the street and the assailant escaped with an accomplice on a motorcycle. (CLICK to read Prosecutor Kagezi case puts focus on target killings)
AIGP Kaweesi, who served as the force’s spokesman and was one of the country’s most high-profile officers, was shot dead by unknown assailants at about 9.30am Friday morning as he left his home in the outskirts of the city.
Residents in Kulambiro said they spotted armed men trailing the car in which Kaweesi was, with a bodyguard and driver.
A local resident described seeing four men on two motorcycles attack the car the police officers were travelling in at around 9:30 am as they left for work. (CLICK HERE FOR BREAKING STORY)
“Two motorbike drivers and two men with guns fired at the car. They shot very rapidly with guns that looked like AK47s,” said Mohammad, a motorcycle taxi driver who lives and works in the area.
“The motorbikes came from behind as the car was leaving Kaweesi’s house. The car driver tried to increase speed but they drove past the car and shot into it,” said the 30-year old who declined to give his surname.
“The motorbikes were new and the shooters looked professional. They weren’t wearing masks but I didn’t see their faces because I ran for cover.”
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