Kaweesi murder: Lwengo declares week of mourning as driver’s family seeks justice

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Authorities in Lwengo District have declared a full week of mourning their son of the soil, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was gunned down by assailants in Kampala on Friday morning.

Mr George Mutabaazi, the district chairperson, said on Friday that given the late officer’s contribution towards the development of the district, they could not carry on with normal duties.

“He single-handedly worked upon a 48-kilometre community road connecting Kitwekyanjovu village to the sub-county main road,” he noted.

He also said Kaweesi had also helped 16 villages get electricity and water.

Driver’s family seeks justice

Meanwhile the family of the late Godfrey Mambewa, who was gunned down together with Felix Kaweesi on Friday, have asked government to bring the culprits to book.

Mr Samuel wambala, the father of the late Mambewa and a former police officer, told Sunday Monitor yesterday that the death of his son had left them in shock. Speaking at his home in Namunsi Central, Nakaloke Sub-county in Mbale District, he said it was their prayer that the government serves justice.

“The death of these police officers is a blow to the family members and Uganda at large, especially Uganda police. If such incidents happened and no culprit is brought to book, it will leave us, the family members, in shock,” said Mr Wambala, adding that the officers died in disturbing circumstances.

They died innocently under the circumstances we don’t know. Mambewa is survived by two children aged between three and one year respectively. He joined police in 2011.

When the Sunday Monitor visited the home yesterday, we found no tents erected and the only sign of a grief was family members engrossed in prayer inside the main house. Five police officers had been deployed at the home.

The family was not yet sure when the burial would take place since they were not directly involved in burial planning meetings, which this newspaper understands, were being coordinated by police.

Bodyguard had just buried his father

The family of Kenneth Erau, the bodyguard who was killed together with AIGP Felix Kaweesi on Friday, have failed to come to terms with the death of their son, barely a month after the death of his father.

Mr Micheal Okello, Erau’s grandfather, revealed to this newspaper that they had not yet recovered from the loss of Erau’s father who was buried on February 23. Erau was the heir after the death of his father John Micheal Osonge.

The relatives remained in a sombre mood as they gathered at their ancestral home in Orungo Village, Orungo parish, Orungo County when this newspaper visited them yesterday.
“Upon being made heir, he was asked to take care of his three mothers, three grandmothers, and a couple of orphans,” he said.

Mr Okello added that the deceased, who was initiated to their clan of Irarak Idingoi two weeks ago, leaves a big gap hard to fill in the family.

“As the family, we pray justice prevails, those who killed our son should be arrested and justice should be seen to prevail,” he explained.

Mr Okello said the late Erau was social and down to earth, adding that his demise is a big blow to the family.
Mr Daniel Erau, an elder from the same family, said they were expecting the deceased to marry soon.

Who was Erau
Erau was born to Josephine Adyamo and John Osonge in 1985. He attended Buloba Primary School in Jinja, and St Peters SS Jinja for his O and A-level.
After completing A-level, he joined Masindi Police Training School where he was passed out as an instructor.

Reported by Martins E. Ssekweyama, Simon Peter Emwamu, Joseph Eigu Onyango & Yahudu Kitunzi

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