Rain Slows Traffic to Kaweesi's Home

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A heavy downpour has rendered the road to Kitwekyanjovu village in Lwengo district nearly impassable, hours before Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the slain Ugandan Police Force spokesperson is due to be buried there.

A heavy downpour has rendered the road to Kitwekyanjovu village in Lwengo district nearly impassable, hours before Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the slain Ugandan Police Force spokesperson is due to be buried there.
  
Kaweesi, an Assistant Inspector General of Police was shot dead on Friday morning alongside his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa, near his home in Kulambiro home, a Kampala suburb.

Today, hundreds of mourners are already flocking Kaweesi's home located at Kitwekyanjovu village in Kyazanga sub county in Lwengo district. However, the 12km road leading to the burial site has been rendered impassible after a heavy downpour last night.

A Uganda Radio Network reporter in the area has seen many vehicles of dignitaries stuck on the road. Over one hundred vehicles are stuck after a truck carrying water zigzagged on the slippery road and blocked it.

Most of the vehicles belong to government officials including top police and army officers. Police personnel and residents are helping to pull vehicles out of the muddy road using hand hoes.

A two-kilometre road section to Kaweesi's home has been closed after floods cut off Kitwekyanjovu swamp.

Many mourners have jumped out of their vehicles to walk to the funeral venue. Josephine Nandujja is one of those that have left their vehicles to walk on foot for two kilometres. She says she has decided to abandon her vehicle on the road to be in time for the requiem mass slated to start at midday.

Musician Joseph Mayanja also known as Jose Chameleon is among those walking to the venue.

Security has been stepped up by anti-riot police and counter terrorism officers along the road leading to the burial venue. Those accessing the venue are being checked thoroughly.

John Baptist Kaggwa, the Bishop of Masaka Diocese is expected to lead the final requiem mass before the 43-year-old officer is laid to rest.

Kaweesi's body was flown to Lwengo on Monday evening in a police helicopter. Hundreds of mourners broke down and cried when the casket containing his remains touched down at Kyazanga play ground.

Mourner loudly cried saying Kaweesi is irreplaceable.

 

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.