No headway in investigating Kaweesi death threats

Forensic investigation officers at the scene where Kaweesi was shot
Forensic investigation officers combs the crime scene where AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver were assasinated

Police Investigators are yet to make any headway in identifying the person who issued death threats to Andrew Felix Kaweesi days before he was assassinated twelve days ago.

The threats are one of the leads that police is following in trying to bring to book the assassins of Kaweesi, his driver Godfrey Mambewa and body guard Kenneth Erau. The trio was gunned down on the morning of March 17th when gunmen ambushed the car in which they were travelling near Kaweesi’s residence in Kulambiro, Kampala.

The police have arrested so far arrested 15 suspects in connection to the murder, some of them using composite images based on eyewitness descriptions.

Police detectives have also received statements from the family members and some close friends of Assistant Inspector General of Police Kaweesi indicating that he had received numerous threats on phone prior to his murder.

Felix Kaweesi Shooting
Forensics team from Uganda Police at the crime scene trying to do preliminary investigations

According to a reliable source within the Special Investigations Division (SID) who is part of the investigations, there were a number of text messages sent to Kaweesi threatening his life.

“After we received the information about the death threats, we perused through Kaweesi’s phones and found some messages. We have since been trying to trace the faces behind the messages,” says the operative.

This publication has learnt that three mobile telephone numbers which police was trying to trace were found not to have been registered.

While Kaweesi’s replacement as police spokesperson, Asan Kasingye, was not willing to comment on the progress of this particular murder investigation, he says existence of unregistered simcards has blocked very many investigations.

“People buy these lines, use them to threaten or even defraud people. These simcards are then disposed, making it impossible to trace them,” Kasingye says.

Police has since asked the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to switch off all unregistered simcards.

In March 2013, UCC launched what it called a mandatory Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration setting a deadline of August 2013 for all mobile phone users to have registered their cards. The deadline, however, passed quietly.

In November 2015, UCC wrote to all mobile telecom players to register all their subscribers or face consequences. The consequences, UCC warned, included revoking licenses, fines or disconnection. To this day, however, thousands of sim cards are still in operation without being registered.