Uganda’s Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi has been shot dead.
The police chief was killed on Friday morning along with his driver Godfrey Wambewo and his bodyguard Kenneth Erau near his home at Kulambiro in the outskirts of Kampala.
Kaweesi was heading to Uganda Christian University where he was scheduled to speak to students when the incident occurred.
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said Kaweesi was ”waylaid this morning” by yet unknown gunmen with all the occupants of the police chief’s vehicle killed.
Opondo added that no further details were immediately available and that the motive of the gunmen was unclear. Felix Kaweesi’s death, however, comes just a day after he defended the government on the alleged killings in Kasese.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Emirian Kayima also confirmed the murders of the policemen adding that investigations have been launched.
United States Embassy Uganda has condemned the attack via their twitter page saying that there is no justification for the murders.
“We are saddened and distressed by news of AIGP Kaweesi’s death and extend deepest condolences.”
“There is no justification for violence or murder. We hope police will find and bring to justice those responsible for this crime.”
AIGP Felix Kaweesi who was also the Ugandan Police Spokesperson was appointed to the position in August 2016 by IGP Kayihura in a bid to repair the force’s public image which had been tainted by a string of brutality cases.
Kaweesi rose to prominence as head of police operations in greater Kampala having overseen the frequent arrests of Uganda‘s main opposition figure, Kizza Besigye.
Inspector-General of Police Kale Kayihura and other senior security officers are reported to have rushed to the scene of the crime to ascertain what could have happened.
The bodies have also been removed from the scene and taken to the mortuary.