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Ugandan minister shot dead by his bodyguard over unpaid salary

Uganda’s State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Charles Okello Engola, has been killed by his bodyguard.

He was shot dead at close range by the security aide, Pte Wilson Sabiiti on Tuesday morning, May 2nd, at his home in Kyanja, a Kampala suburb.

DailyMonitor reports that Sabiti also killed himself using the same gun he shot the state minister with.

According to a source, the guard was allegedly being owed Ush4 million and he was angry that his children were not going to school because he could not pay their school fees.

The sourced added that Sabiti felt it was not right for his children to not be in school while his boss kids were schooling.

“The guard said he hadn’t been paid Ush4 million. He said he had a pregnant woman and his children were not going to school yet the minister’s children were schooling,” the source told The East African.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga confirmed the incident to journalists in Kampala, saying that the bodyguard fled from the scene after the murder and committed suicide inside a salon.

He said; “He was shot at his residence in Kyanja by one of his bodyguards who allegedly fired several shots 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.”

Also, Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Anita Among broke news of the minister’s death while presiding over the plenary session Tuesday morning.

“This morning, I received 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.

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