Who killed Kaweesi and why?

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There are more questions than answers to the mystery surrounding the death of the police spokesman, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver, all of whom were assassinated on Friday.

The two most important questions being asked are; who killed him and why? Police are saying it’s too early to start pointing fingers.

However, what is clear, is the similarity between his death and those of Muslim clerics and the Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi, whose killing was blamed on rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

In these murders, according to Security minister, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, the common pattern is: the killers use motorbikes to approach and flee, appear very professional in the execution of their deadly mission and are confident enough to remain at the scene to ascertain that the target has been eliminated.
Despite this similarity, police, who are playing the lead role in the investigations, have not been quick, like in the past, to accuse the ADF.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Emilian Kayima has held onto the line: “We shall be giving updates”.

The Chief of Military Intelligence, Col Abel Kandiho, said the investigations are being jointly done by security agencies but said all the updates on the investigations can only be given by police. “The investigations are jointly done but police is the lead agency,” he said.

According to eyewitnesses and residents near the crime scene, the shooting went on for several minutes after which the killers calmly walked up to the vehicle, opened the car doors to confirm that all occupants were dead.

Mr Gilbert Guma, a security expert says these were trained killers who had intelligence on the deceased’s routine movements and the activities or movements of other people on the road. They must have studied their escape routes well. They must have established the kind of weapons Kaweesi and his guards had for them to decide whether to use guns with better reliability or shoot from a point that gave them advantage.

Killers’ motive
Was therefore his death connected to his role as Director of Operations when these Muslims were being killed, was it revenge? Was it money? “I think the investigators must be looking at all these options,” says Micheal Kibuuka, a private investigator, says.

In 2012, when a Kampala businessman Wilberforce Wamala was killed, his wife came out strongly accused the late Kaweesi of being an accomplice in his murder, an allegation he strongly denied.

Another businessman Paul Simmwogerere accused Kaweesi of taking Shs7 billion from him. He also denied this accusations.
There is no evidence suggesting that the assassination could in any way be connected to these accusations.

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