Uganda’s deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Retired Colonel Charles Okello Engola, was shot dead Tuesday morning by one of his bodyguard identified as private Wilson Sabiiti.
The incident happened at the minister’s residence in a Kampala suburb. The shooter, who also injured another soldier in the process, later turned the gun on himself.
Initial reports suggest a number of people may be injured and videos on social media showed locals gathering at the scene in shock.
The Speaker of Uganda’s parliament confirmed Col Engola’s death in a short statement while presiding over the morning session.
“This morning I received sad news that Hon Engola has been shot by his bodyguard and after, shot himself. May his soul rest in peace. That was God’s plan. We can’t change anything,” Anita Among told MPs.
Before turning the gun on himself, an eyewitness claimed the shooter complained that the minister owed him several months in unpaid salaries.