Police officers held for murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi

Police officers held for murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi
Nickson Agasirwe (R) is held for alleged involvement murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi (L) in March this year. Courtesy Photo.

The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) is holding five police officers over their alleged involvement in a string of malefactions.

The officers held include; Nickson Agasirwe, the former head of the Police Special Operations Unit at Nalufenya in Jinja district, Joel Aguma, the commandant Professional Standards Unit (PSU), Alex Tumukunde and Faisal Katende, both operatives from the Flying Squad Unit and an intelligence officer only identified as Magada.

Aguma and Agasirwe were detained on Tuesday evening when they appeared at CMI headquarters for the third time in less than a month for questioning. The other officers were detained on their first appearance.

Police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye declined to comment on the arrests and referred our reporters to the army spokesperson. The army spokesman, Brigadier Richard Kalemire denied knowledge of the arrests when reached.

According to information obtained by this publication, Aguma is being investigated for allegedly repatriating several refugees to Rwanda. Agasirwe and the three others are wanted in connection to the murder of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

In 2013, Aguma was implicated in the kidnapping and illegally extraditing Lt Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard of Rwanda President Paul Kagame leading to his suspension from the force for two years.

Lt. Mutabazi was kidnapped from Sky hotel in Naalya, a city suburb where he was living with his family. From his suspension, Aguma bounced back as the deputy director crime intelligence from where he was promoted to head PSU.

The arrest of the five suspects comes few days after President Museveni reportedly directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to order four police directors to appear before the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and CMI for questioning in relation to a missive authored by Ali Kabanda, a former police operative.

Kabanda allegedly wrote to the president implicating the officers for their alleged involvement in dubious deals including undermining investigations into the murder of Kaweesi and making wrongfully arrests.

An officer involved in the investigations told this publication on condition of anonymity that plans are underway to transfer the suspects to Makindye military police barracks.