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The body of the late Felix Kaweesi has arrived at St. Andrea Church, Kigoowa.

Dr Steven Kasiima (Director of Traffic) is one of AIGP Felix Kaweesi’s pallbearer.

The choir sings an entrance song of My faith has found a resting place.

My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.

The body of slain Police spokesperson, AIGP

The body of slain Police spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in St. Andrea Church, Kigoowa where a requiem mass is being held. Courtesy photo

14:58pm: Readings have been taken and concluded…now is the time for Gospel acclamation. The gospel is from LUKE.

“So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

15:03pm: Homily time. The priest calls upon the congregation to ponder upon the 5th commandment of God. “Thy shall not kill.”

15:06. Every human life from the moment of conception is in the hands of God for he says, let us make man and woman in our likeness. So when you kill a person, you have committed a very big crime against God and that person.

The body of slain Police spokesperson, AIGP

The body of slain Police spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi at St. Andrea Church, Kigoowa

Still through the homily, the main celebrant says the commandment against murder does not exclude the state. The state shall not also kill in anyway, not even by hanging.

The priest goes on to bring examples of abortion, says it is also murder.

15:15pm: Meanwhile, we have spotted Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga among the congregation here. Back to the homily, the priest condemns war and the arms race ,says that is the easiest way to kill. He notes one of the beatitudes, blessed are those that make peace.,…….Violence breeds violence.

15:20pm: The main celebrant concludes his homily by leading the congregation into saying a prayer for the dead (Kaweesi and body guards).

Eternal rest grant to them oh lord….and let the perpetual light shine upon them, may their souls rest in peace Amen (They repeat this in unison three times) and homily ends.

15:22pm:It is now time for the Nicene Creed and petitions. The congregation will reply: Lord hear our prayer.

15:26pm: Time for offertory, the choir leads with the song: Ayi Mukama Katonda waffe, Twegase nenyaffe Maria.

Meanwhile we can see, Supreme Mufti Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa among the congregation, with him is an entourage from the the moslem community.

15:30pm: Police band replaces choir, playing the song: Utukuzwe baba. The mood is really sombre and the songs land with all forms of sorrow.

15:37pm: Consecration time it is, meanwhile the congregation keeps growing, many are praying from outside.

The congregation keeps 'swelling'. Photo by NTV

The congregation keeps ‘swelling’. Photo by NTV Uganda.

15:42pm: The Lord’s prayer has been said, and the sign of peace exchanged, we are now singing the agnus dei.

15:47: It is holy communion time, the choir sings, Mirembe Omukama, that is the same tune as the Sweet sacrament Divine in English.

15:51pm: The choir switches to another song, and oh oh tears on this one from a section of the congregation:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

The song is repeated in Luganda and every word from it lands with a pang of pain and consolation at the same time.

15:56pm: The police band switches the song to Nearer My God to Thee. The mood is sad, certain sections from the congregation can not handle the grief, they break down and cry.

E’en though it be a cross

Still all my song shall be

Some short break as the priest says something, we shall use this time to look out for the people present that you should know;

We can spot DP boss Norbert Mao, IGP Kale Kayihura, former Buganda Premier Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere, FDC’s Anita Among, Chris Baryomunsi (MP Kinkizi), Nakiwala Kiyingi (Minister of state for children)…….wait we shall now start special prayers for the soul of the departed.

Time to incense the casket, as the priests go around it praying.

16:13pm: Time for speeches, and we shall begin with a one Ssekabanja (RDC) and Fred Enanga who are the MCs here.

16:21pm: Laying wreaths now. Children of the late Felix Kaweesi go first, followed by their mother, oh dear they shade tears as they move to casket. Kaweesi left behind 3 children and 1 on the way.

16:24pm: IGP Kale Kayihura lays a wreath on Kaweesi’s casket. He mentored and trained the deceased.

Other people that will lay wreaths on the casket of Kaweesi include; Hon Michael Kabaziguruka (MP Nakawa), KACITA group, among others. Now Fred Enanga takes the pulpit and will call three people to address the congregations.

One member of the family will speak, Buganda Premier will also speak before the IGP Kale Kayihura summarises.

16:37pm: Felix Kaweesi’s siblings and other relatives address the congregation.

” By the time Felix got his first deployment in the city, it was during the walk to work, I started praying for him because it was not going to be easy, I feared for him,” Kaweesi’s dad says.

He ends by calling upon all people to pray for the soul of Kaweesi, for it is not easy for anyone to enter the kingdom of heaven.

16:44pm: Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga now speaks. He calls upon people to choose dialogue. “You do not dialogue with your friends or peers, you dialogue with people that are different from you, and that is what the country needs, no murder,” he says.

“Those that killed Kaweesi in his 40s, what exactly are they looking for?” he questions before concluding.

16:56pm: IGP Kale Kayihura speaks: I will reserve my remarks for tomorrow, Kaweesi has not died, where he had reached it would be equivalent to a general in the army- Kale says.

17:00pm: Even at his death, he did not think about himself, he kept saying: “My children my children.”

17:03pm: “I knew that Kaweesi was a catholic like me, i only did not know he was on another level,” Kayihura says.

The IGP has concluded his speech, the congregation will be given 20 minutes for viewing of the body.

17:14pm: Mass ends , the police belts out the tune: God be with you till we meet again, as the congregation march out.

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