February 28, 2024

Student shot dead by private security guard

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Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire

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MUKONO

The Police in Mukono are actively investigating a shooting incident by a private security guard that resulted in the tragic death of Agaba Rodney, a 25-year-old student at Uganda Christian University (UCU) and a resident of Kiwanga in Mukono district.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, “Preliminary investigations suggest that a dispute arose between a private security guard identified as Tugume Kadili, aged 27, and the deceased after the latter allegedly attempted to climb over a wall fence within the security guard’s assigned area, leading to an escalated situation.”

The fatal shooting took place on Sunday, 4th June 2023, at approximately 1:00 PM at Meru Fuel Station in Kiwanga, a suburb in Mukono District, Central Uganda.

In response, the security guard discharged his firearm, fatally injuring the individual.

Owoyesigyire says prompt medical attention was provided, and the victim was rushed to Gwatilo Health Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

“Upon arrival at the scene, the police recovered two cartridge casings. An army green vehicle with registration number UAW 403S was present at the scene, exhibiting a suspected bullet hole. Additionally, a firearm was recovered as a potential weapon used in the shooting. Live ammunition was found near the suspected pool of blood. All these items were seized as evidence,” the Deputy KMP PRO added.

Police said the guard, Tugume Kadili, has been apprehended and is currently detained at Seeta Police Station as part of investigations into the shooting incident.

However, according to residents, the deadly fight broke out when the deceased had reportedly gone to survey land that his mother left him.

While carrying out the survey, a rope fell on the side of the fuel station which prompted the deceased to climb the fence so as to retrieve it.

Residents condemned the deadly use of firearms in public and called on the government to retrain all law enforcement officers on firearm use.

Owoyesigyire urged people to be cautious of security guards, especially from private companies who said may have not received enough training.

“The Mukono Police Division is fully committed to conducting a thorough investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. We urge the public to remain calm and patient as we diligently work to gather all the necessary facts,” he stated.

Agaba becomes the second student to be shot in a fortnight after Natasha Nagayi, 21, a student at UCU who was on May 20 at Nabuti Cell in Mukono Central Division, shot in the chest by an Anti-Terrorism Police officer.

The officer, ASP Dismas Tebangole, shot Nagayi at about 4:15 am after she tried her key in several doors in search of her room when she reached Tebangole’s. 

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