Crime

Jinja businessman shot dead by unknown gunmen riding motorcycle

Malore and his 39 siblings were due to hold their final property sharing harmonization meeting on Sunday, May 15, 2022, only to be shot dead on Saturday night.

JINJA, UGANDA: Police in Jinja have launched investigations into circumstances under which yet to be identified gunmen shot dead a 58-year-old businessman in the outskirts of Jinja district.

Shaban Malole, a son of late Sulaiman Malole and a resident of Buwera East, Buwenge rural sub-county in Jinja district was on Saturday night and killed instantly in a shooting spree.

Mr. James Mubi, the Kiira Regional Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident and said the gunmen who were riding a numberless motorcycle attacked Malole a prominent sugarcane dealer at his home in Buwera at around 9 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2022. He added that the two men dressed in black jackets and helmets descended on Malore and started shooting at him killing him on the spot.

“Yesterday, May 14, 2022, at around 2000/C attacked at his home, shot at and died instantly by unidentified gunmen who were reportedly traveling on a motorcycle that is yet to be identified,” says ASP James Mubi in a statement issued on Sunday morning.

Mubi explained that divisional police and a team of police technicals visited the scene of crime twice to establish facts on the ground that could lead arrest and prosecution of the culprits.
“Divisional police commander and his technical team comprised of the scene of crime officers (SOCO) and homicide detectives immediately visited the scene and it has been revisited this morning to establish facts on the ground that could lead to possible arrest and prosecution of the culprits,” Mubi adds in the statement.

Police say that the culprits targeted the chest, stomach, and legs in the shooting, adding that at least seven cartridges and two live bullets have been recovered at the scene to aid in the investigations.

According to police, the motive of the murder is not yet fully established the Regional police spokesperson told Daily Express that preliminary information indicates that Malole’s children have been seriously fighting for the assets of their late father who died in 2006 but efforts to have conflicts resolved has been ongoing.

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“The motive of the murder is not yet fully established however, late Sulaiman Malole’s children have been seriously fighting for the assets of their late father who died in 2006. Efforts to have conflicts resolved has been ongoing,” the statement says in part.

Malole and his 39 siblings were due to hold their final property sharing harmonization meeting on Sunday, May 15, 2022, only to be shot dead on Saturday night.

Several leaders in the Busoga region have condemned the gruesome shooting that late to Malole’s death including the ruling NRM party’s senior mobiliser, Sheikh Muhammad Muganza. Sheikh Muganzain an audio note while on a local radio station said that the late was at the football match between Buzaaya and Butembe county in Kagoma before meeting his death later in the night.

One of the residents in Buwera East, Bagenda Ali condemned the unsatisfying security response by the nearby police in Buwenge.
“They shot him but police took like one and half hours before reaching to secure the crime scene. The police in Buwenge should also follow their constitutional mandate, they were at the Kyabazinga cup football in Kagoma but were not able to reach the scene in time,” Bagenda said.

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The body was taken to Jinja regional referral hospital for autopsy as police proceeded with investigations.

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