Kaweesi Memorial Service Re-unites Divided Nation

A multitude of mourners flocked Rubaga Cathedral on Monday to pay their last respects to slain Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP)  Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was shot dead on Friday alongside his driver and bodyguard.

The trio were ambushed by unknown assassins in Kulambiro, buy a Kampala suburb as Kaweesi was leaving home for work.

Deputy IGP Okoth Ochola being checked on arrival for the mass

Deputy IGP Okoth Ochola being checked on arrival for the mass

Kaweesi’s requiem mass on Monday drew hundreds of people across the political and religious divide. Many who spoke during the mass eulogized Kaweesi as having portrayed an example of service, order leadership and a unifying character.

Among those who attended were the First Deputy prime minister Gen. Moses Ali who represented government, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, several ministers, Members of Parliament, diplomats, the business fraternity and the general public.

The Orphans arriving at the church

The Orphans arriving at the church

Opposition politicians like former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Ken Lukyamuzi, Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, Betty Nambooze, Odonga Otto and Miria Matembe were also in attendance.

Kaweesi who is survived by one widow and three children was yet to celebrate 10 years in marriage this year. Representatives from his family described his death as “a dark moment” and that his exceptional person would be missed.

The widow Annet, who is said to be 9 months pregnant arrives for the service

The widow Annet, who is said to be 9 months pregnant arrives for the service

“He has been a human being who was driven by the common good. Through his service he has managed to unite people with divergent views. It’s no wonder that many people are mourning him,” Vicensio Kitya Muweesi, who was a guardian to Kaweesi told mourners.

Muweesi took care of Kaweesi at Senior Four level providing him with both education and parental support.

Grief engulfed the atmosphere in the cathedral as Annette Kaweesi, the widow of the deceased senior police officer eulogized her husband.

The pregnant mother who expects to undergo an operation within a week delivered her eulogy through her aunt, Mary Nabisubi.

Mourners and the deceased's relatives inchurch today

“Amid his busy schedule serving the police and the nation, Kaaweesi was a loving husband. He always spared enough time for the family and children,” the widow said paying tribute to Kaweesi.

Shortlty before he succumbed to the gun shots on

Friday morning when the incident occurred, Kaweesi is said to have wailed “my children”.

Anette appealed for support in raising her 13 year, 7 year and 3 year old children.

The body arriving at Rubaga church today

Tuesday’s mass was presided over by the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who delivered a message of reconciliation and observance of the ten commandments.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura in his speech at the funeral acknowledged the extraordinary character and service that Kaweesi gave to the police force since 2001 when he joined.

“He was knowledgeable and when i had just taken over as IGP, Kaweesi always challenged me but not in a disrespectful way. For this reason, he caught my eye and I appointed him to become my assistant so he could help me fit in,” Kayihura narrated.

He also said Kaweesi’s contribution was significant in the establishment of the Police Training School, Kabalye in 2009 and that “he successfully managed the Walk to Work chaos in 2011”.

Consequently, the IGP appointed Kaweesi as Director of Operations in 2014 and later to head Human Resource Development in 2015.

Fellow AIGPs laying their wreath

Fellow AIGPs laying their wreath

“Our image was beginning to recover. He was extremely a capable individual. He was a full human being, a leader who always provided solutions to problems,” Kayihura said, urging other serving police officers to desist from corruption and emulate Kaweesi’s service oriented character.

The IGP warned the perpetrators of the gruesome murder saying; “the thugs’ days are numbered”.

In his remarks, Gen. Moses Ali admitted that Friday’s killings were “a manifestation that there are bad elements out there”. He asked the public to be vigilant and help police to wipe out such elements.

After the mass, the public was allowed to view the body of AIGP Kaweesi after which it will be flown to his ancestral home in Kitwe Kyanjovu, Kyazanga in Lwengo district. Kaweesi will be buried on Tuesday.


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