Tuesday March 21 2017

Police should continue serving without fear or favour

Muniini K. Mulera

Muniini K. Mulera  

By Elizabeth Kabibi

The killing of the Assistant Inspector of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi is not the first of its kind in our country. It comes after that of assistant director of Public Prosecution, Joan Namazzi Kagezi, one of the former commanders of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces, Sheikh Maj Muhammad Kiggundu and former employee of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Kitgum District Public Accounts Committee chairperson, Tony Olanya, among others.
Kaweesi who at the time of his death was headed for Uganda Christian University where he had a career guidance session left a legacy that will live on forever.
He was a committed, patriotic and enthusiastic leader who rose through the ranks, spoke for the police and the country at large, enforced law and order and finally died as a hero. Rest in peace afande!

I urge all serving officers to continue their services without fear or favour, selflessly and tirelessly despite the killings.
As Joseph Campbell says,
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Kaweesi gave his life for his country’s stable law and order.
He issued a directive on the arrest of drunken passengers after an accident that claimed lives on Christmas day 2013, in March 2014, he banned boda boda cyclists from carrying more than one passenger in order to curb down accidents.

He further made an effort in July 2014 to ban the smoking of shisha in public places and recently featured in restoring peace in Kasese. It is sad that he died in cold blood after all this and much more.
I call upon religious leaders to intervene in this issue, pray for forgiving hearts, and educate masses on the fact that only God has the power to give and take away life.
More so, people should use legal means to resolve conflict such police because there is no one above the law.
Let us all stand up against this vice in whatever way each one of us can.
Elizabeth Kabibi,