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Six arrested after security guard shoots self dead in Kampala

Atuhaire was working alongside Mary Namumanya on the night shift who is among the six people currently detained at Wadneegya police to assist with the ongoing investigations.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the report (Photo/File)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Police at Wandegeya in Kampala has arrested six individuals to help with investigations of a private security guard who allegedly shot himself dead at Lumumba Avenue on Thursday morning.

Atuhaire Rogers, a guard attached to SGA Security Group is said to have shot himself dead at around 9 am at Mukwasi building at Buganda road zone, Nakasero III parish, Kampala, the country’s capital.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident and said the deceased had been deployed as a guard at the site just two days ago when he decided to take his own life.

“Atuhaire Rogers, who had been deployed at the beat for the past two days, was found dead at the scene. Initial reports suggest that the deceased was discovered by Okudu David, a day guard who had arrived for duty. David reported hearing the sound of a gun being cocked, assuming it was a routine safety precaution,” ASP Owoyesigyire said on Thursday afternoon.

Preliminary reports indicate that Atuhaire’s lifeless body was found discovered 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 the deceased lying in a pool of blood, with a bullet wound visible on his throat, which had penetrated through his head.

Owoyesigyire said according to initial investigations, it has been established that Atuhaire was working alongside Mary Namumanya on the night shift and that so far, six people are currently detained at Wandegeya police station to assist with the ongoing investigations.

“Investigations have revealed that Atuhaire was working alongside Mary Namumanya for the night duty. As part of the investigation process, witness statements have been recorded, and relevant exhibits have been recovered,” he said.

“A comprehensive and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident will be carried out and further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses,” added Owoyesigyire.

Atuhaire’s suicidal incident comes against the backdrop of continuous fatal shootings of gun violence that continue to rock the country.

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 on Saturday, May 13, 2023, another security guard attached to Capital Guards and Patrol allegedly shot a colleague dead in their rented house in Kalule Zone, Lukuli Parish, Makindye Division. The two were attached to the same security firm and had been sharing a rented room provided by their employer.

On the same day, Ben Amaku, a security guard attached to Security Group Africa Company Ltd was shot dead by unknown assailants.

The shooting according to police in Arua happened at around 1:50 am at Novafinia medical centre located along Rhinocamp Road in Baruku central cell.

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