Three assassins in Kaweesi murder still on the run – Police

Three assassins in Kaweesi murder still on the run - Police
Forensic investigation officers combs the crime scene where AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard and driver were assassinated. Courtesy Photo.

Police is still searching for three men believed to have been the actual hit-men in the murder of three police officers including Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, this publication has learnt.

Kaweesi, his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa were gunned down on the morning of March 17 as Kaweesi left his home in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb.

And now, almost three months later, the hunt is still on for the three suspected hit-men, two of whom are believed to be of close likeness to the composite sketches made immediately after the shooting. The three, according to the police, include two shooters and a motorcyclist who transported them.

A source privy to the ongoing investigations told this publication that only one of the four suspects who carried out the shooting has since been arrested.

“These guys are still on the run. Two of them resemble two of the composite sketches. The third sketch resembles the arrested suspect and we don’t have a sketch of the missing motorcycle rider,” the source who preferred anonymity said.

The only suspect arrested for having allegedly fired the shots that killed the three police officers is Aramazan Noordin Higenyi. He was arrested on the day of Kaweesi’s burial while trying to cross into the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is what General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, told mourners at the burial in Kitwekyanjovu, Lwengo district, on March 21st.

Ballistic findings as well as witness testimonies place four suspects at the scene of crime, three of whom were shooters.

The source says, “In our file, there were two passengers carrying big guns and two motorcycle riders. However, one of the riders also used a pistol to shoot at the victims. Our suspicions are verified by witness testimonies, suspects’ confessions and the ballistic report.”

The police spokesperson Asan Kasingye declined to comment saying the case was already before court.

“No, no, no, that case is already in court,” Kasingye said when asked about the Kaweesi murder suspects.

The ballistic report attained from the scene of crime and the bullet shells as well as the bullets found in the victims’ bodies and the car indicates that three guns were used.

The guns used include two AK47 riffles and a pistol.

Initially, it was suspected that the pistol shot could have been made by Kaweesi’s bodyguard, Kenneth Erau, but ballistic calculations indicate that the bullet was fired from the point where the motorcycle was parked.

Even though the assailants made off with Erau’s pistol and AK47, the markings on the bullet did do not match the pin of the pistol that was carried by the late Erau as per the ballistic records of the Uganda Police Force.

Police has since the murder of Kaweesi arrested more than 40 suspects on tentative charges of murder. Nine of the suspects have since been released on police bond or unconditionally; 24 suspects have been charged in court while 11 are still in police custody.

All the 24 are charged with Terrorism contrary to Section 7 (1) (a) and 2 (b) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2002. Seven of the suspects face additional charges of murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act; 11 are charged with being accomplices and seven are charged with Aggravated Robbery contrary to Section 285 and 286 of the Penal Code Act.

Investigations into Kaweesi’s murder have been marred by reports of torture with police detectives reportedly using unorthodox methods to extract confessions from suspects. After several denials from Kayihura and his senior officers, the police chief last week offered a public apology.