Metropolitan police boss Kaweesi leaves office
Posted Sunday, September 29 2013 at 00:00
Police authorities say he has gone for a study leave and will return to office.
Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi is leaving his current station.
Mr Farouk Mwirima, the deputy KMP commandant, is taking over from him.
Information of Mr Kaweesi’s move filtered through Kampala on Friday evening.
Mr Kaweesi has been instrumental in crashing public protests in the city, especially by opposition politicians, over the last two years.
Mr Kaweesi (pictured) confirmed to the Sunday Monitor that he was taking a break from his command position but refuted the speculation that he was being put on “Katebe” a security forces’ code-word for “redundant or idle” .
“I am leaving for studies and I am on study leave for three months. It is not true that I have been transferred or anything of the sort,” he said.
The KMP police spokesperson, Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, said Mr Kaweesi would be back in office after his three-months course.
Mr Kaweesi’s move is seen as part of an ongoing quiet shuffle of the Force that saw more than 30 senior officers moved this week.
Mr Kaweesi assumed the office in September 2011 in a reshuffle by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Okoth Ochola.
Mr Kaweesi replaced Mr Grace Turyagumanawe. He had been commandant of Masindi Police Training School in Kabalye.
The transfer of Mr Kaweesi to Kampala was seen as a move to strengthen the supervision of more than 10,000 officers whom he had trained since 2007. Most of the officers he trained were deployed in Kampala Metropolitan Police Area during the Chogm summit.