The Congolese national who was gunned down in Bukasa-Muyenga in Makindye Division on Wednesday night by
his security guard could have been a victim of a plot by fellow gold dealers,
according to residents.
Katembo 33, was shot dead together with his girlfriend whose identity is yet to be identified. Their driver escaped with serious injuries as
he tried to get away from the scene.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says they have since arrest Raphael Okwanga, a private security guard attached to the D-GAP Security group for the shooting.
Okwanga has confessed to shooting his bosses out of anger after annoying him, residents
have called for thorough investigations. Stephen Oryem, a close neighbour to the deceased, who
was among the first responders to the shooting told Uganda Radio Network-URN that it was around 2:00 am when he heard about
five gunshots in the neighbourhood
triggering panic in his household.
He explains that a few minutes later he
called some military officers guarding the home of
Richard Twodong, the National Resistance Movement-NRM Secretary-General, who fortunately also move out when after hearing the gunshots. He
says that he also summoned courage and moved out to establish what
“When I moved out of the fence, I found the
military officers standing in the middle of the road. But shortly we saw the
security guard running away. We chased him in anticipation that he was a thief. We brought him back
and started questioning him why he was running away. He only said they annoyed
him and he killed them,” said Oryem.
He explains that they called the Officer in charge of the Bukasa Police post who came and took
the suspect before a team of detectives from Kabalagala Police arrived. Oryem
that upon opening the gate, they found two bodies in the house while the driver was outside
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They rushed the driver to Cairo’s clinic from where he was transferred to IHK hospital
for better management. Police took the deceased's bodies to Mulago
National Referral Hospital for postmortem.
According to Oryem, after the shooting Okwanga hid his firearm in his
bosses’ vehicle. He wonders why his security firm didn’t show up at the scene
in the night even after being notified.
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Other residents led by Ronald Matovu suspects that other Congolese nationals
could have been involved in the murder mission. He says the deceased has
been dealing in the lucrative Gold
business with other Congolese nationals but developed a misunderstanding recently,
which forced police to intervene.
According to Matovu, Katembo’s former partners impounded
his vehicle with the help of police leading to verbal exchange and a scuffle
inside his residency.
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Patrick Luyinda, one of the area leaders, says there is need to improve the pay of the security guards to protect them from being lured by bad people into deadly missions.
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Moses Katusiime, another resident said
most Security guards report on duty while drunk, which makes them prone to causing such mayhem.
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Owoyesigyire says that the suspect is in custody at Kabalagala Police Station on murder charges pending further
“The crime scene has been secured for further analysis. Some of the
exhibits have been submitted for analysis at our Forensic Services laboratory,” Owoyesigyire said.
of private security guards turning their guns on their bosses are common in Uganda. Police
attribute such incidents to poor training of the guards and underpayments.