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Bugingo out of danger as police launch manhunt for assailants

House of Prayer Ministries lead Pastor, Aloysious Bugingo on hospital bed at Mulago Hospital before he left for his residence following a scary shooting on on Tuesday night. (Photo/Courtesy)

Kampala, (UG): Aloysius Bugingo, a prominent Ugandan pastor and businessman Tuesday survived an assassination after unknown gunmen sprayed bullets at the car in which he was travelling near Total Petrol Station in Namungoona, Lubaga division, a suburb of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Media reports claimed Tuesday that the pastor and other occupants of the vehicle were injured in the shooting whose motive remains unknown.

According to information obtained from the source, the brutal attack took place at around 9 pm when Bugingo was coming from his church in Kikoni, Makerere heading to his residence.

A security source speaking anonymously confirmed the attack and said authorities have already started a manhunt for the perpetrators of the crime.

“Yes, we can confirm the pastor was attacked and his vehicle sprayed with bullets. We can’t disclose much now, but we can confirm he was on his way back home and some of those he was travelling in the car sustained injuries,” the source said.

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Bugingo’s car in which he was travelling when the Tuesday night attack happened.

It has now been reported that the bodyguard who was driving the car succumbed to bullet wounds while the Pastor recovered steadily and was dismissed from the hospital on the night.

This is according to update given to DailyExpress by officials who visited the Pastor at Mulago Hospital moments after the scary shooting.

“Yes, he is responding well to treatment and is now out of danger,” said the official who preferred anonymity with his identity.

Bugingo, the Director of House of Prayer Ministries International and Salt Media Group of Companies (Salt TV and Salt FM) is a staunch supporter of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and President, Yoweri Museveni’s government.

The outspoken cleric often uses his pulpit to criticise the opposition while at the same time rallying support for Museveni and presidential hopeful Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

The assailant attack on Bugingo is the first on a born-again pastor while several attacks of the same kind by gunmen against high-profile government officials and religious leaders, especially Moslems have previously been recorded in the country.

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Police were yet to issue a formal statement by the time this story was compiled and published, although security sources said a quick investigation and hunt for the killers is already underway.

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