Uganda: At least five civilians killed by armed private security guards in separate incidents in 2019

Author: Joseph Kato, Daily Monitor (Uganda), Published on: 28 January 2019

"Why are guards on shooting spree?"

Nearly a month into 2019, five incidents of private security guards shooting civilians or their colleagues have been registered in Kampala City and the metropolitan area. Five people have died and others injured.  The latest incident was registered at Nalubwama Arcade on Ben Kiwanuka Street in Kampala last week when a guard opened fire at civilians, killing a woman who was on a motorcycle and injured a Kampala University student. The Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, identified the deceased as Brendah Bukoye, 36, a resident of Nsambya Railways and the injured as Ms Anita Nanyonjo.  Police say the suspect in his statement claimed he shot the victims in self defence suspecting they were planning to attack him and the facility he was guarding. Eyewitnesses told police that the guard shot at civilians after vendors declined to bribe him. “The guard was angry because we refused to pay him money for selling our merchandise around this place. We told him that KCCA (Kampala Capital City Authority) enforcement team had already taken money from us. He got angry and fired bullets,” Ms Sarah Nantuyi, a vendor, said...

Incidents of guards killing people have not only happened in Kampala but also upcountry.  A guard in Mbarara District was arrested for allegedly shooting dead one person and injuring another on New Year. The suspect allegedly shot Unis Sajja at close range on High Street in Mbarara Town for unknown reasons.
Police attributed majority of the incidents to alcohol, stress, poor pay, provocation by civilians, gaps in supervision by the guards’ employers, infidelity and unpleasant working conditions.

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