Yesterday Attorney General (AG) of Uganda William Byaruhanga decided to take many media houses to court, these are the Red Pepper, Chimp Media, The Ugandan and the Investigator! The ones not taken to court we’re New Vision Group or Monitor Group, so the biggest was not challenged. Still, there are massive charges against 4 media-houses or publications.
The order from the AG is this:
“An interim order doth issue restraining the Respondents/Defendants by themselves or through their authorized agents/servants/ employees from publishing the contents or running any series on the investigation into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi until further orders in this court, pending the disposal of main suit and main application” (Attorney General, 20.01.2017).
The Grounds for it:
“That the publications of the confidential internal correspondences amongst security agencies on the murder investigation of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi in injurious to the ongoing investigations and is bound to jeopardize the Security in Uganda” (…) “That it is just equitable, right and fitting that the investigations into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi be left unexposed to the public eye until an official report is published by the government” (…) “That the applicant has filed a suit seeking inter alia, a permanent injunction restraining the defendants from publishing any matter relating to the investigation efforts into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi” (Attorney General, 20.04.2017).
So many media houses and media is muffled with because of the murder and assassination of the then AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. That the Attorney General Byaruhanga are showing his loyalty to the NRM, this could be out of the Modus Operandi of Deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma playbook. Instead, he chooses to take down internet publications and the ones spreading rumors quickly. Like the Red Pepper who has become better on their investigative reporting. That Chimp Media, the Ugandan And The Investigator are all internet and no paper edition.
That the Attorney General going against them, as they have no quarrel to question the Movement and the National Resistance Movement. Therefore, I am not surprised that they have picked out, as I cannot settle with the relief that the AG didn’t even question the Monitor or the Observer. Which, seem like a strange move and trying to silent opposition voices. Since none of the ones picking are really afraid of picking cherries from the grand issues in the Republic.
That the government and their Attorney General steps this far, can we ask ourselves for real now, is the government and the security organization hiding something? Are the Police Force and the Special Forces Command in the midst of the crime? Are the government themselves the sponsors of the crime?
Why cannot I ask that question, as the revelations put into the public sphere could answer the lingering questions, as the trust between the government, the police and the public isn’t really there. This together with the Police Brutality, therefore the initial questions arising is the faith in the process, but the lingering questions of who inside knows it all. Since the Police could itself turn against the AIGP Kaweesi.
If the AG had trusted the media, the internal investigation inside the security organization who is working on it and might even spread internal secrets to the press. The leaks are now supposed stopped in these publications as they are ordered by him to be silenced on this matter. The government fear their position and weakness. They must be weak and have some tokens of silver coins involved in the sudden death of Kaweesi. Why else would AG order this?
Would he have dared to do so if it wasn’t so? If he would have stopped investigation reporting into the supposed treason charges of opposition party leaders? That should have been stopped as they could have reveled state secrets, since they have supposed done vital crimes against the state to get the charge put on them. Still, that is decent and okay, no issues and just continue to spread the good news of treason. But thinking of digging deep into Kaweesi assassination and your silenced!
So we can by this order know that their something sinister going on and someone has paid the thirty coins of silver to the assassins before the fatal morning of Kaweesi. We are righteous to believe so, if not the digging into the killing wouldn’t be stopped. If the government didn’t fear the revelation of the media, than they wouldn’t have anything to hide. Peace.
Yesterday (19.04.2017), the internal memo was sent out the leadership of the Uganda Police Force, to the district leaders to get back the Police Uniforms and Uniform parts from the Crime Preventers. The Crime Preventers even got motorcycles in 2015. The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura have defended the program since 2015, as the political opposition inside Uganda has questioned the use of it.
That is natural, as the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President Yoweri Museveni has used the Crime Preventers, they we’re important part of the campaigns and the use of fear during the campaigns between 2015-2016. They we’re usually at the rallies and also in the villages drumming up people for the President. By 2016 the numbers of Crime Preventers we’re about 65,000.
So after getting the amount of the unemployed youth, getting them trained and paying them for the loyalty to the state, they are now trying to disembark the giant project of Crime Preventers, since it cost to much and has to many people to take care off. The NRM cannot sustain the brigades of Crime Preventers, the youth who learned the Movement mantra and use of propaganda for two years. As the use of them was valuable in 2015 and 2016, in 2017 less, as the rallies and the opposition is easier to control.
The Police Force can easily monitor the Opposition in the non-election time, but during campaigns the strength of manpower is hurt, as the UPF cannot hire enough proper officers and train them, than it is healthy to use of the unemployed. The Unemployed can very easy just become Crime Preventers and then loyal to the NRM. That was the sufficient need and they could also intimidate the public and make sure they where loyal to the Movement.
So that today the start of dismantling the Crime Preventers and the stage of need is gone. They are not seen as so vital, as the NRM feels safe about their state of affairs. Since they don’t need the youth group who are trained by the Police to be Community Policing, the NRM needed them only to do so when the Opposition parties where campaigning, now they need to clear the unnecessary bills. That bill now is the Crime Preventers and they are approximately 65,000 civilized police.
The civilian trained police force that was the Crime Preventers and they we’re needed in the 2015 and 2016, but not now in the 2017, as the republic are cash-strapped and the economy isn’t booming. Therefore, the Police doesn’t need a big budget post, which is unnecessary. The unemployed youth we’re needed while campaigning and promising pledges, but in office again, they are just big bill. Peace.
“Kaweesi Murder Probe: Police warns public against conspiracy theories and speculation, adds that such will slow down investigations” (…) “Police are investigating a group calling itself ‘Uganda Patriotic Freedom Fighters’ that claims to have murdered AIGP Kaweesi” (…) “The group posted on social media commending itself for a job well executed and blamed police for arresting innocent people” (NBS TV Uganda, 27.03.2017).
There been many rebel outfit of late who has taken claims of violence and robbing Police Stations, what is common is that that they come into light and fade into dust as quick as they came. These ones has all been parts of questionable acts and taken weapons and ammunition from the Police Force. Still, there has not been anyone who is caught for these crimes, neither has there been anyone taken to court. Therefore, I wonder about the newest who appeared this month!
In March 2016, the sun set on Uganda, and initially “We, Save Uganda Now” (SUN) that took responsibility for the attacks on Kapchorwa Police Station, where the former army commander ‘Mali Moto’ we’re running it. And ever since then they have not reappeared!
In June 2016, a new surfaced rebel outfit named National Democratic Alliance (NDA) attacked the Gulu Central Police station, as it was even stated by the Police Force that is was UPC Deputy Secretary Dan Odiya Oola, who was in charge. The NDA has not attacked anything else since the day in question.
Than there was the Rwenzururu Kingdoms Royal Guards and the “Kirumiramutima” (the Strong Hearted) that was a militia in the Rwenzori and Rwenzori Sub-Region. These ones created problems in the region after the election and supposed to done so since 2014. Still, the violence only appears when the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) arrives in Kasese, like last year in November, when the Flying Squad twice attacked the Buhikira Royal Palace in Kasese. It is easy to forget, but the problem of rebels appears when the Police and Army attacks innocent civilians in the region. That problem also disappear when the army leaves the region. Than the locals are preoccupied burying the dead.
So when I here that a new rebel outfit takes the responsibility for the assassination of the Assistance Inspectorate General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi, they we’re suddenly a group who claimed on social media called Uganda Patriotic Freedom Fighter (UPFF). They came out of dust and has no history, just like the groups who apparently was in charge of the assaults on the Kapchorwa and Gulu Police Stations during last year. The pattern are written in the sand.
The serious rebel outfits has been scattered and are now based on foreign territory, as Allied Defense Force (ADF) is based now in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lord Resistance Army (LRA) who are in Central African Republic (C.A.R). So these are not something that is apparent problem for the security organizations or the Police Force.
So I have a hard time believing that a new outfit of rebels has that sophisticated and knowledge about top leadership inside the Police Force, that they get the knowledge of the Police Commanders house, road and about the time he leaves for his office. That the Rebel Outfit UPFF came into force and with actions all of sudden. It came from the moment of clarity as it usually do after the incident.
Just like rebel outfits came into action right after the Police Stations was assaulted in 2016. All of a sudden the ‘strong hearted’ rebelled in Rwenzori.
Now that Jospeh Ssonko, appear and claims responsibility days after the death of Kaweesi. As much as the new Police Spokesman today Asan Kasingye speaks these words and tries to explain the on-going investigation. Since the UPFF, SUN and NDA are all coming from the same source and sources are all quick and brief online. Still, their placement and quick relief of information comes and goes as quick as the government needs it.
Therefore, the government hopes people forget the other rebel outfits and leaders, as they dwindle in presence and importance. However, the dead and the families of the lost will still wonder what really happen, this are the losers of this political game, as the ones who ordered and got the AIGP Kaweesi assassinated. As well, as all the other speculations that opens up questions of this public display. That the Police Force and their leadership wants to peddle this sort of false narratives instead of dropping proper intelligence. This proves that the Police Force is rotten, as the government is lacking will of accountability and transparency. So if the Police Force and key leadership together with other Security Organizations had offered or created this sorts of violence. Than, the Republic would know that rebels and the other created stories, might just be hogwash.
That this is a possibility, that the Uganda Police Force, that the Army and the other agencies wishes to subdue and silence the public discourse as they comes with false information. This seems probable, as this is yet another group arriving to court without any invitation or knowledge of their origin and their leadership. Like the knowledge of the start of ADF and LRA are inescapable and accessible. But if you tries to get knowledge on UPFF, NDA or SUN, your have to invent the wheel and than take ride.
So, I have doubt that UPFF exists, as the NDA and SUN is made belief, it is as believable as the manufactured cases against FDC leadership and the made-up case of treason against Dr. Kizza Besigye. The same is about the believed aggressors who appears out of nowhere. Peace.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is more focused on putting blame on anyone else than himself, yesterday as the family and friends we’re mourning the killed police officers and driver. Instead of coming with a speech of solace and care for the deceased, care about the loss of life and show some integrity as the President. Instead, the man of 3 decades tried to pin the assassination on all other institutions and on all other leaders who has failed, but not him. The outtake of the speech and message is under neath!
President Museveni message at the house of Kaweesi yesterday:
“Now these criminals have shifted to methods of using motorcycles. They are doing this because the boda bodas are many and they think they can hide. We have arrested some of these criminals and others are still at large. I want to tell these criminals that we shall get you. We shall kill you or capture you. But if they don’t want to die, let them surrender. I want to assure Ugandans that this is a cowardly crude act that we shall defeat. These criminals are going to die because they’re killing our people, young people who we are using to build institutions. The second group are the public servants. I have had a hard time explaining our priorities as a country to this fraction of the population because their commitment is to themselves alone. Projects like the installation of security cameras on roads have been stalling because of misplaced priorities into salary increments and such. As a result we now have idiots getting away with murder and instilling unnecessary fear in our people. This is putting undue pressure on our security agencies who are working under very strenuous circumstances in cases like these. This must stop. The third group is the Police and other security agencies. There is a growing concern of infiltration in these organs. Stories of leaking information, intimidating and even sometimes killing witnesses are coming to me. This is undermining our strong relations with the wanainchi who now don’t want to work with our security organs. I would like to caution that you young people in these agencies are letting yourselves down” (Yoweri Kaguta Museveni – 19.03.2017).
That there are problematic crime and violence is not something to hide, that their killings and murders happening in Uganda, as the Teso killings and others are being uncovered, as there been reports of criminals interfering in the Police Force. That should be priority of the President to change leadership and stop the groups creating violence and killings. Not just blame them when on of the men in-charge, the AIGP Kaweesi was brutally murders 100 meters away from his own home.
That the President Museveni says this murders put fears into people, the same levels as the killings of Police Force during the rallies at the election, the post-election killings in Bundibugyo or Kasese. Therefore, there are instances where the Police Force could have shown the ability of transparency and justice. Instead, the republic are now filled with uncertainty if they can trust the police as the 3rd in command of the Police could even be touched and fall.
That President Museveni talks about avenging the murder on a wake, is spineless and shows his fatigue as a leader, instead of begging for mercy and asking forgiveness as the man in charge and the man who played a vital part in the AIGP life. He stood there blaming the Police Command and blaming civil servants. Not a second he cared about the family or the deceased legacy.
President Museveni was more concerned with putting blame on the ones that we’re around him. Not trying to be the one in charge. Since everyone is else is at fault. So now the IGP Kale Kayihura has work to do, as the President has designated that all issues is in his shop! However, this is more systematic than that when the third in command of the Police is gunned down with his loyal men on an early Friday morning.
Still, the President ungrateful and unforgiving puts blame on the ones he can and says he has done enough. AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi was a loyal Police Commander and one who worked tirelessly for the regime, still his own legacy will be tarnished by the acts of his fellow commanders. Kaweesi, did his duty to suppress people and work under IGP Kayihura. What President Museveni didn’t do in speech on the wake of Kaweesi, was to let the man rest in respect and let the fellow men who fall, fall in grace for their duty. Instead, the Commander-in-Chief is more working for his own goodwill, than caring for the ones who lost their lives. Peace.
I am sometimes boggled by the disregard for justice that are in Uganda, that the Opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) that had been to Nakawa Court to prove that he had not fled the country, while his long-term pending treason charge case continues unto the heart of President Yoweri Museveni stops beating, that is my guess by now.
Still, Besigye could not be part of the Requiem Mass at Rubaga Cathedral, as the dignitaries and mourning family was gathered to remember the assassinated Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi. This was a mass in celebration for the life that the AIGP did have before the fatal mourning this Friday.
Though as the state did attend the Police Officer and Guard in Amuria district:
“Internal Affairs Minister, General Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo has arrived at the burial of Corporal Kenneth Erau who will be laid to rest today in Orungo sub-county in Amuria district” (87.7 Baba FM, 20.03.2017).
IGP Kale Kayihura and the NRM regime must be insane to stop him, but let all the others attend the mass. That just shows the, not pardon me, the tyranny and the standard of oppression the NRM are doing on the daily basis to the ones questioning the legitimacy of the NRM. That they cannot have the stomach and the ability to let him take part of state mourning of a fallen comrade in the Police. The man who has spent the most time in prison and been detained by all of the politicians combined in the republic. So, if somebody should be parts of the mass, it was him!
This regime doesn’t have the courage or the ability to give any way or show mercy on anyone, except for the ones loyal to the President. The rest are in the wind without any safe land to land on. I don’t know who gave this order if it was UPF Kayihura, CID, Special Force Command, Gen. Salim Selah or President Museveni himself. Still, it seem like a foolish betray of justice and rule of law to stop, yet again the opposition leader to be in church. They have detained him for going to church in All Saints after the election in 2016. This is in the same alley. So the UPF and the Security Organizations of Uganda has nowadays no quarrel to challenge the idea of what is justice and the injustice. Peace.
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
― Frederick Douglass
Today, the shocking report of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi assassinated near his home in Kulambiro in the suburbs of Kampala. Certainly, the sudden demise of one of the heads of Police show is that you can be touched, even as your grace and your stature does not save you. He was today together with his bodyguards, other fellow police officers assassinated, some say by snipers and others by assailants.
Others who lost their lives in these vile sorts of reckless violence was the driver Godfrey Mambewa and the bodyguard Corporal Kenneth Erau. Therefore, there are families today who has lost their breadwinners and their fathers. Certainly, no one saw this one coming. Eyewitness says their riding along on boda boda’s trailing the car as they fled the scene on the same manner they arrived. This was all happing at 09:00 Am at the home area of AIGP Kaweesi.
“Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima has confirmed the tragedy. Eye Witnesses say the killers were traveling on a motorcycle. The shooting reportedly lasted 20 minutes” (Verified Source).
As the mourning and the condolences are sent the State House responded briefly to the press as well:
“I condemn in the strongest terms the killing of Assistant Inspector of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau by thugs riding on motorcycles. As a consequence of these repeated murders in the city and other towns, I have directed the immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and along the highways. We have been planning to do this project for some time but we have been postponing it on account of other priorities like roads and electricity. Since, however, these thugs think they can use this remaining gap in our otherwise robust security frame work, I have decided and directed the Minister of Finance to work with Police to immediately close this gap. Security personnel and all citizens should be vigilant and on the lookout for these thugs who have made it a habit to use motorcycles to kill people” (State House, 17.03.2017).
So the death of a top official now makes the changes, as the reckless killings has occurred in recent times, but not made the state or the State House change their tune. That they prove the value of works, as they had other priorities, proves that instead of investigations and such. They are planning to have more surveillance, less police work as the Police Officer, and AIGP Kaweesi lost his life. That is the message the State House and President Museveni sends out.
The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda have spread this message after the fatal death:
“Prime Minister Dr David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda has asked Ugandans to refrain from spreading unfounded speculations about the murder of Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi. Rugunda urged while speaking to press a few hours after the gruesome murder of the police mouthpiece outside his home; that police should be allowed to conduct its work, to find the assailants. He also cautioned against reading deep into the murder and fronting claims that the country’s security as a whole has been compromised” (Rocket Media Africa, 17.03.2017).
What is sure is that something not told some one behind a killing like this. This was a well sort out affair to scare or to send a message, as the key man in the media from the Uganda Police Force all of a sudden gunned down on the way to a public meeting or lecture at Uganda Christian University (UCU). Therefore, I doubt these was just gangster going wild and creating mayhem in the streets of Kampala. There are certainly someone in the Central Government; someone in the army or other places, who has intelligence and briefings on the killings, before the Police suddenly showed-up to start their on-going investigation! A man of this stature and rank do not just pass away in silence. Especially not when guns, boda-boda’s and the knowledge of his house.
This is here is real life assassination, not for play, somebody order and someone served it to the contract. They would not just go around killing without some sort of retribution and security that they got their fees for the killings. The death of a man like AIGP Kaweesi, is a political and a security issue, that show that there are vile attempt of control and also there is imposed security officials an such who might to overturn the institutions. Since the Police officers this high, should not be able to be touched! Still, the AIGP went down today. Now unknown men blasted Kaweesi into oblivion, but someone know these men and hired them. They are not ghost appearing and then disappearing. Peace.