On March 17 2017 Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Kaweesi was brutally assassinated alongside his driver Godfrey Wambewo and body guard Keneth Erau at Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb, after 27 bullets were fired in his body. It’s more than a year now since Kaweesi, a 43 year old promising and highly ambitious officer, succumbed to death.
There has been a lot of interest in the circumstances around his death; however, investigators are yet to identify the true killers. Some suspects were arrested days following his death but sources indicate that much of the initial arrests were meant to dupe the public that something was being done about Kaweesi’s murder. As a result, the only information that has been obtained thus far is at best circumstantial and not very helpful for prosecution purposes.
Similarly, initial information pointing to ADF rebels as being behind the killings also led to the arrests of some suspects. However, this line of investigations also yielded nothing. It turned out the ADF had nothing to do with Kaweesi’s murder and it appears the rebel group was invoked to mislead the public into thinking that the shooting were a result of terrorism.
Most importantly, the efforts that were placed in concealing the identity of the true killers, misleading the investigators and the public, including forcing innocent people to confess, have led criminal intelligence analysts to come to one conclusion: Kaweesi’s murder is the work of the state of Uganda.
Specifically, investigators have confirmed from the cartridges collected at the scene and pock marks left on the car that the weapons used to assassinate Kaweesi were the type of M4 guns which are a preserve of the specialised units such as the Special Forces Command (SFC).
Moreover, the description of events by sources who were present at the scene of the crime points to this kind of expertise as well as a level of calmness and confidence that was exhibited by the killers that serves to underscore that indeed this was a state-sanctioned mission. Indeed, the precision and efficiency employed in executing it suggests that these were experts at work.
It is also worth recalling that Kaweesi was murdered near his home, about 600 metres in a trading centre. These killers were unconcerned with the presence of people ready to identify them to the authorities. They understood very well that they were the authorities, especially since the killers were from the unit that is tasked with protecting the highest authority in the country and his regime.
The only time the investigations have pointed to the authorities as the killers, they have done so also in ways that mislead the public. Instead of corroborating the story of witnesses to the crime whose description depicts the killers to be the SFC, they have on numerous occasions come up with concocted scenarios that accuse the Uganda Police (UPF) of orchestrating Kaweesi’s murder, knowing very well that the UPF lacks the kinds of armed sophistication and weaponry that was described by witnesses.
Kaweesi was a well-liked officer even though he came to the limelight during Walk to Work when he is credited with the kind of loyalty that probably saved the regime from a concerted effort to remove him that had the entire Kampala city gripped in revolutionary spirit like the kind that was seen during the Arab Spring. Indeed, many believe that the leadership in Uganda owes Kaweesi big time for nipping in the bud the people’s coup.
What, therefore, has everyone including crime intelligence specialists puzzled is exactly why did the leadership in Uganda find it necessary to eliminate Kaweesi, a loyal, hardworking, highly educated, disciplined and hardworking officer, in such a gruesome and cold-blooded manner?
Almost all analysis seems to point to one conclusion, which is related to Kaweesi’s success rapid promotion through the ranks. He was a very capable and principled police officer whose personality rendered him to public fame across all sections of Ugandan society. Consequently, he was increasingly seen as a threat in the same way that the effectiveness of officers like General Aromda Nyakairima and Brigadier General Noble Mayombo made them targets for assassination.