Col (Rtd) Charles Okello Engola the State Minister for Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations was shot dead at around 8 am on Tuesday while entering his vehicle to go to work, according to police.
“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,” police spokesperson, Fred Enanga told journalists in Kampala.
The shooter was identified as Pte Wilson Sabiiti. The minister’s ADC Ronald Otim also sustained severe injuries and was rushed to Mulago Hospital for treatment.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi and the director of CID, Maj Tom Magambo were the first security chiefs to arrive at the minister’s home as the scene of crime officers combing for more exhibits that will aid police investigations.
“The investigation is currently in the early stages of review. We also dispatched a team of crime scene experts who are using the most advanced forensic technology to get what extacly was the cause of this tragic murder. We don’t want to speculate into the motive of the shooting until we have confirmed,” Mr Enanga added.
According to him, police are yet to confirm whether there were other victims.
“We are also trying to establish if there were any bodyguards who could have been injured,” Mr Enanga said.
The minister was on his way to attend a Cabinet sitting when he got shot, according to Minister of ICT and national guidance, Chris Baryomunsi.