The four men pretended to be fixing a problem on their motorcycle just a few meters from the home of Spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi at Tuba village, Kulambiro, a suburb of Kampala. It later turned out that they were buying time while waiting for Kaweesi to start his journey on a rainy Friday morning.
With a driver and one bodyguard, Kaweesi left his home at 8:38 am. They were heading to Uganda Christian University in Mukono where, Kaweesi was due to speak to students on the theme, “Career opportunities in the Armed forces and how to find them.” He was to speak alongside the UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire and Frank Baine, the spokesperson Uganda Prisons Service.
Kaweesi, 43, could not make it beyond his neighbourhood as bullets were showered onto a vehicle in which he was travelling.
The vehicle moved for about 100 meters from the shooting and suddenly stopped amidst showers of bullets from the back. On the left side, another motorcycle rider and passenger (assailant) were stationed. These carried forward the shooting randomly shattering the windscreens and later shot the three police officers at close range.
Three of these bullets are believed to have ended Kaweesi’s life. A scene of crime officer has told Uganda Radio Network that two of the gunshots that ended Kaweesi’s life were through the back to the chest, while one was shot through the head, to the neck.
The assailants took their time to inspect the vehicle and confirm the death of all the occupants before they fled the scene taking the direction of Kisaasi Trading Centre.
Another police officer who preferred anonymity told URN that the attackers were ‘smart’ at the job. “They possibly put him under surveillance and indeed wanted to end his life. Unfortunately, to do this, they had to put all other out of action,” he said.
As news spread like wildfire through social media and other platforms, hundreds converge at the crime scene. It confirmed that Andrew Felix Kaweesi, one of the senior officers of the Uganda police force, his bodyguard and driver are all dead.
The first police patrol vehicle responded as media personnel and residents gathered at the scene of the crime. The scene of crime officers, the commandant Flying Squad Herbert Muhangi, other senior officers in Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorates arrived at the scene minutes after 10 am.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura arrived at the scene followed shortly by other senior officers in the police force. At 13:36 pm, an ambulance is called and the bodies of the assassinated are taken to Mulago Mortuary as the scene of Crime officers continue analysing the scene and collecting evidence.
At 4 pm, the scene of crime officer’s completed analysis of the scene as forensic experts took over the scene and the collected evidence.