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Security guard shoots self dead in Kampala

The deceased identified as Rogers Atuhaire is said to have turned the gun at himself in an incident that happened at Mukwasi building on Lumumba Avenue in the city centre.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: A guard attached to SGA Security Group has Thursday morning shot himself dead in Kampala in the latest wave of gun violence rocking the country’s capital.

The deceased identified as Rogers Atuhaire is said to have turned the gun at himself in an incident that happened at Mukwasi building on Lumumba Avenue in the city centre.

Preliminary reports suggest that Atuhaire’s lifeless body was found lying in a pool of blood by one Okudu David, a day guard who had arrived for duty.

Okumu said he first heard the sound of a gun being cocked, assuming it was a routine safety precaution only to find Atuhaire’s body with a bullet wound visible on his throat, which had penetrated through his head.

Police detectives arrived at the scene and retrieved the deceased’s body to the city mortuary for post-mortem as investigations kicked off to establish the motive of his self-shooting.

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Initial reports further revealed that Atuhaire was working alongside Mary Namumanya on the night shift and so far six people have been arrested to assist police in the ongoing investigations.

The incident comes against the backdrop of continuous fatal shootings involving members of either the armed forces or private security firms in under a month.

Yesterday (Wednesday), police confirmed arresting a security guard attached to a private security firm and a colleague for shooting dead a colleague in Tororo District in eastern Uganda.

Last week another guard attached to Capital Guards and Patrol, a private security firm allegedly shot a colleague dead in their rented house in Kalule Zone, Lukuli Parish, Makindye Division on May 13, 2023.

John Mujumbi, a 25-year-old security guard attached to Capital Guards and Patrol was allegedly shot by his colleague and roommate, Peter Ochoroi, 26, at around 12:30 pm following a disagreement on Saturday. The two were attached to the same security firm and had been sharing a rented room provided by their employer.

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