Did Felix Kaweesi Have Political Ambitions?

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Yunus Muganzi, the Lwengo district NRM mobiliser says Kaweesi had named him and Vincent Kayitana, a renowned NRM diehard in Lwengo as his head political strategy. He says Kaweesi had told them to start mobilizing support for him.

Several voters and politicians in Kyazanga and Ndaggwe sub county claim that Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the slain Uganda Police Spokesperson had declared intentions to contest for Bukoto West in Lwengo district in 2021.

Abdul Kitatta, the current Member of Parliament for Bukoto West Constituency announced during the 2016 general elections that he would not seek re-election. But there are reports that his son Ibrahim Kitatta is tipped to take over from his father. But Kitatta has not yet confirmed these reports.

Several residents and opinion leaders claim that Kaweesi has been laying a strong political foundation to contest for Bukoto West parliamentary seat in 2021.
 
Until 2008, Kitwekyanjovu village in Lwengo district was one of those unknown remote rural areas without basic services such as water, schools, electricity, and road network among other thing.

Kitwekyanjovu is located  about three kilometers North East of Kyazanga town Council located in Lwengo district. 

This area according to residents did not have most of the basic services until Andrew Felix Kaweesi ,the slain former Uganda Police Spokesperson built his country home there.
Kaweesi constructed a magnificent bungalow in this area which is regarded the most beautiful in the entire Kitwekyanjovu parish, according to Ali Bbale, a resident in the area.

Bbale says after construction of his magnificent house in 2008, Kaweesi lobbied for the  extension of the power line which covered the entire parish.

Kaweesi also constructed water sources as well as the Kitwekyanjovu road to ensure accessibility to his home. 

Bbale notes that this area had no road until Kaweesi hired contractors that opened up the road. He believes Kaweesi did this because he had ambitions to contest in the next general elections.

Yunus Muganzi, the Lwengo district NRM mobiliser says Kaweesi had named him and Vincent Kayitana, a renowned NRM diehard in Lwengo as his head political strategists. He says Kaweesi had told them to start mobilizing support for him.

Muganzi also claims that Kaweesi had planned to retire from police to contest for parliamentary seat.

Muganzi also says they had moved entire constituency drumming up support for him.

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Majority of the people Uganda Radio Network interviewed confirm that Kaweesi had been mobilizing services for them because he had interests to contest in 2021.

Vincent Kayitana,Kaweesi's political strategist has declined to comment on this matter.

The road which passes through Kitwekyanjovu swamp is flooded after flash floods destroyed culverts installed around to control the water flow.

Uganda Radio Network has found residents and policemen carrying out community service to fix the destroyed small bridge. Police officers and ordinary residents removed the destroyed clogged culvert to replace it with new one. There was no engineer on the sight.

Residents say they have to fix it and put culverts to redirect water into Lake Kiyanja in Kyazanga so that mourners access the place where Kaweesi will be buried.

George Mutabaazi,the Lwengo LCV Chairman says they are re-fixing the road because with the onset rain has devastated it.

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Mutabaazi however says he not aware the slain Police spokesperson had political ambitions. He however confirms that Kaweesi had done extraordinary things such as provision of two water dams in every parish in Bukoto West which has reduced water crisis in the area.

However, Kaweesi's ambitions were suddenly brought to a halt by unknown gunmen who shot and killed him alongside his body guard and driver at Kulambiro near his home in Kampala on Friday morning. The motive o his killing is yet to be known.
 

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.