UGANDAN PRESIDENT TAKES CHARGE OF PROBE INTO MURDER OF SENIOR POLICE OFFICER

KAMPALA, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has personally taken charge of investigations into the murder of former Police spokesperson and Assistant Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his chauffeur, Geoffrey Wambewo, and his bodyguard, Kenneth Erau, on March 17.

Senior security sources told New Vision Monday that the President, who was personally upset by the gruesome murder of the trio, had asked Inspector-General of Police Kale Kayihura and the combined investigation team made up of police and representatives from other security agencies to constantly brief him every three days about each development in the case.

Grace Akullo, the Director of the police Crime Investigations Department (CID), currently heads the investigation team that also comprises officials from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Internal Security Operation and Special Forces Unit, among others.

The team members are also being assisted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and sister agencies from the neighbouring countries, which are also sharing information on some suspects and keeping constant watch on all those who may attempt to flee or have already fled.

Gen. Kayihura confirmed the developments, but did not want to discuss details. "The President is managing the investigations and I am not at liberty to speak much now," Kayihura told New Vision.

However, other sources told New Vision that the President took over charge of the investigations to help resolve the standoff within the security circles given the nature of investigations and the different security agencies involved. The sources also told New Vision that the President became involved in order to avoid any leakage of information during the course of investigations and to help co-ordinate the team.

The former Assistant IGP was shot dead on March 17 at about 9 am at Kulambiro, a suburb of Kampala. The assassin sporadically shot at his car, killing Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard on the spot. The killing was similar to several other high profile killings in which the assassins have waylaid their victims and shot them before fleeing on motorcycles.

So far, the Police have arrested over 18 suspects from different parts of the country. Some of the suspects were arrested as they attempted to leave the country while sources told New Vision that a key suspect was arrested in Kenya and flown back into the country last Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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