Uganda’s Minister for Labour Charles Okello Engola has been shot dead at his home in Kampala. The Minister is said to have been shot dead while taking breakfast.
Local media reports say Engola was shot on Tuesday morning by his bodyguard. The reason behind the shooting has not been revealed although sources say the bodyguard was depressed.
The Daily Monitor quoted the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire as saying the soldier shot his boss in the capital’s Kyanja suburb.
The bodyguard also killed himself using the same gun that he shot the minister with. Family members were not harmed with reports showing that they were still in the kitchen.
The Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire confirmed the incident.
“Yes. Go to Kyanja, there is a shooting. A soldier has shot his boss,” Owoyesigire told the Monitor phone.
Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Anita Among also confirmed the minister’s death while presiding over the plenary session Tuesday morning.
“This morning, I received the sad news that Hon Engola has been shot by his bodyguard. May his soul rest in peace. That was God’s plan. We can’t change anything,” Ms Among said.
Friends and family members have described the relationship between the Minister and the bodyguard as “great friends.”