Police Spokes Person Andrew Felix Kaweesi Shot dead

Police Spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi is dead. He was shot at by a group of unknown gunmen as he left his home in Kulambiro, a suburb of Kampala this morning. His driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau are also confirmed dead.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima has confirmed the tragedy. Eye Witnesses say the killers were traveling on a motorcycle. The shooting reportedly lasted more than 10 minutes.

Our reporters at the scene say that the vehicle, a Police car registration number UP4778, in which the three were traveling, was shot from both sides. The Scene of crime has since been cordoned and is now surrounded by Scene of crime officers, while the bodies have been taken to the City Mortuary in Mulago awaiting Postmortem.

Who is Felix Kaweesi?

Kaweesi began his police career in 2001. After graduating at the police training school, Kibuli and serving in the force for about three years, he was appointed a personal assistant to Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura. He was promoted after about two years and deployed as the head of Kabalye Police Training School.

From Kabalye, Kaweesi became the Commandant of Kampala Metropolitan Police and was promoted to the rank of AIGP. Kaweesi also served as the Director of Operations before being appointed Director of Human Resource Development in the Uganda Police Force.

At the time of his deployment in Kampala in 2011, the city was battling the Walk to Work protests, initiated by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye after the 2011 elections.

He was appointed Police Spokesperson in August last year, to take over a mandate previously held by Fred Enanga, becoming the first person at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) to serve as a spokesperson in the History of the Uganda Police Force.

Kaweesi’s appointment came at a time when the Police Force was fighting a tainted image, in conflict with institutions like the Judiciary and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. Police was also facing criticism from the opposition, the diplomatic core and civil society organizations over brutality and corruption.

His duties included among others, re-branding the police force through its public relations department. He however maintained his position as the Director of the Human Resource Development.

 

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Mother of Ugandan shot in US insists son was not mentally ill

Alfred Okwera Olango, the Ugandan man who was fatally shot by police in a San Diego suburb Tuesday was not mentally ill but had suffered from an emotional breakdown over the recent death of a friend, his family has said.

A report by NBC News quotes Olango’s mother Pamela Benge dismissing reports that his son was mentally ill.” “My son was a good, loving young man. I wanted his future to be longer than that,” Benge said.”  She however did not divulge details of the genesis of the emotional breakdown.

The events came after news of the shooting of Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego in the state of California.

Police said that Olango ignored orders to take his hands out of his pockets. He then pulled an object from his pocket, aiming it at officers while taking shooting stance, a statement by El Cajon Police said. The item turned out to be a vape smoking device.

Police had been called by his sister Lucy Peterson saying he was acting erratically.  Lucy later said her brother was running around while crossing the street and almost got hit by a car.

He needed someone who was trained. Just calm him down, and then take care of the situation,” Olango’s mother said at a news conference Thursday. “That’s all that the call was meant for,” she said. “Not to come and just finish his life.”

Several American news agencies are reporting that Police have released a still image from the video purporting to show Olango with his hands pointed at the officer.

The shooting raised questions about police response to those under mental or psychiatric distress and sparked off a protest by community leaders and members of local churches who led prayers.

Olango went to the United States from Uganda as a refugee in 1991.

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