AIGP Felix Kaweesi Murder! Could This Mark The Beginning Of Political Assassinations In Uganda?

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Slain police spokesman and AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi
Slain police spokesman and AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi

Slain police spokesman and assistant inspector general of police Felix Kaweesi is one of the few Ugandan officers who has always demonstrated authority during the course of his execution of duties.

When you looked at him, you saw a man who was full of confidence and unbelievable appetite for a confrontation of any kind. He was a man who left you without any doubt that he couldn’t be bullied into submission.

At most, you could say that Felix Kaweesa had become the police and the Uganda police force had become Kaweesa himself.

While appearing on a television talk show, DP president Norbert Mao warned or rather advised Felix Kaweesa to downsize on his arrogance or face the fate of equally arrogant leaders like Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and Col Muamar Ghadafi Libyan leader.

But the late Kaweesa brushed him off by arguing that during his lifetime, he had been fed to a lot of threats that he had got used to them.

He then assured Mao that nobody can scare him with death threats.

Psychologists will tell you that people with such a confrontational streak tend to create very many enemies and are therefore most likely to be assassinated.

There is no doubt about the fact that the late Kaweesa had created a lot of enemies either within the police force family itself or from within the wider social spectrum.

The manner in which he used to bully the ordinary police officers in front of the television cameras exposed his working style as lacking in humility.

At the time of his assassination, kawesa’s profile had widened so much that he was widely regarded as the most outspoken government official in the country.

What could have been the cause of his shooting?

Incidentally despite of the fact that there has been some criminal assassinations, they had not taken a political dimension- targeting high profile government figures and politicians.

Instead we have had assassinations that are of a criminal nature that all related with issues within the Muslim fraternity.

Felix Kaweesi’s murder therefore ranks as one of the first political assassination of a high government official since the murder of Andrew Kayiira in 1987 and former army commander Maj Gen James Kazini some few years ago.

Most of the assassination attempts of high profile Ugandan government officials have always been futile.

For instance the 1969 assassination attempt on President Milton Obote didn’t bear fruit as the sniper simply succeeded in shooting the president in the mouth.

Obote later recovered after getting treatment from Mulago hospital.

Then there were reports of very many assassination attempts aimed at eliminating President Idi Amin in the 70s.

One of the attempts on Gen Amin’s life took place at Nsambya police training school where he had engaged in a ceremony to pass out some policemen.

Amin narrowly escaped and managed to drive his jeep to Mulago hospital where he deposited his dead driver who had been shot by the assassins.

Amin then bragged that he knew when, where and how he would die!

And amazingly, he died peacefully in his sleep in 2003, many years after surviving so many attempts on his life.

What is rather surprising is that president Museveni has ruled Uganda for 30 years without interfacing with a single known assassination attempt on his life.

Although there have been very many reports of coup plots on his government, there has not been any assassination attempt on his life.

You may attribute this to the huge convoy of security entourage that he moves with each time he embarks on a journey.

A foreign journalist once asked president Museveni why he was moving with such a big convoy, and yet brags about being the darling of the people.

The Ugandan president simply retorted that he couldn’t afford to donate himself to the terrorists-especially the Alshabab.

Paradoxically, despite of moving with such a huge military contingent, the Ugandan president has always insisted that he doesn’t believe in assassination as a strategy to eliminate his enemies.

And indeed almost all the NRM bigwigs have been moving freely without armed escorts.

Even those who have been moving with escorts like the vice president and the speaker of parliament have been doing it out of compulsion rather than fear of being eliminated.

People like the NRM vice chairman Alhajji Moses Kigongo and Prime Minister Ndugu Rugunda actually move without any armed escorts around the country. But all that has changed with the assassination of Felix Kaweesa.

It appears as if the comfort zone of high profile Ugandan government officials has come to an end.

The era of assassinating high profile government officials is likely to take center stage as the country moves into uncertain political times.

President Museveni has promised to install CCTV cameras all over the city to curb the killing spree, but it doesn’t appear to be the concrete solution. It’s time for the Ugandan political big wigs to live in absolute fear!

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