A personal bodyguard has shot dead, the Ugandan Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Charles Engola.
This incident occurred at his residence in Kyanja on Tuesday.
One of his bodyguards allegedly fired several shots at him at close range.
“He fled from the scene up to the trading centre at Kyanja Ring Road where he entered a salon and also shot himself dead,” Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, told journalists in Kampala.
Enanga identified the shooter as Private Wilson Sabiiti.
Security personnel cordoned off the crime scene as the Police launched investigations into the incident.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi and the Director of Criminal Investigation Department, Maj. Tom Magambo, had visited the late minister’s home.
Earlier, an eyewitness claimed that the bodyguard had complained that the slain minister owed him several months of unpaid salary.
“The guard said he hadn’t been paid Ush4 million (about $1,000).
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“He said he had a pregnant woman and his children were not going to school.
“Yet, the minister’s children are schooling,” the eyewitness said.
But, Gender and Labour Minister, Betty Amongi, told journalists that Sabiiti “was a new bodyguard”.
“He has been working as his bodyguard for a month.
“He came from Bombo and joined other security guards assigned to the minister,” Amongi said.
Enanga said it was too early to confirm the motive of the shooting.
“The investigation is currently in the early stages of review…We don’t want to speculate into the motive of the shooting until we have confirmed,” the Police spokesman said.
The minister was on his way to attend a Cabinet sitting when he was shot, according to Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Chris Baryomunsi.
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