Muslim leaders in the country are mourning the assassination of the police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi and have argued government to crack down on illegal firearms and beef up the border security.
“Afande Kaweesi” as the Ugandans used to call him, was on Friday shot dead by unknown assailants just 100 metres from his home in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb neighbouring Kisaasi.
His bodyguard and a driver were also killed instantly. The incident that left a man the Muslims and others described as “amiable” however bore the hallmarks of the previous high-profile killings in Kampala.
Reacting to the sad news after the Friday prayers, Sheikh Siraje Kifampa Nsambu, the spokesperson of the Tabliq Muslim sect at Nakasero, also known as the Jamiyyat D’awa Assalafiyya and other Muslim leaders in the country sent condolences to Kaweesi’s family, relatives, friends and government for losing “a cool-headed officer.”
“We send our sincere condolences to the government, the police force and the family and friends for the death of Afande Kaweesi,” Sheikh Nsambu said.
Before the Friday incident, the Tabliqs had given police seven days to return Shs110 million allegedly taken from Nakasero and William Street mosques during December 2016 raid. The ultimatum ended on Thursday and they had promised to reveal their next step on Friday.
Asked to explain “the next step”, Sheikh Nsambu told Sunday Monitor that they had planned to deliver a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga and Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura to help them recover their money. “When we tried to inquire, they told that Parliament is on recess and, therefore, decided to take our petition to Speaker when Parliament resumes business,” Sheikh Nsambu said.
Commenting on previous murders, Sheikh Nsambu said: “The IGP, who one time said the police has mafias, told Ugandans that they arrested people that confessed to have allegedly killed Sheikh Muwaya in eastern Uganda. However, to date, we have never seen any of them being brought to court despite the confession, let alone shown the guns that are used to kill Muslims.”
When approached for a comment on Friday, the Secretary General of the Kibuli-based Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), Sheikh Luwalira Lubowa, said the Muslim leadership was shocked by the killing of Kaweesi. “It’s shocking that Kaweesi has died in such a manner.”