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Uganda minister shot dead over unpaid salary

Uganda’s Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Col Charles Okello Engola (retd) was reportedly killed by his bodyguard Wilson Sabiti.

Engola, who served in the government of President Yoweri Museveni as the junior minister in charge of labor, was shot dead on Tuesday, May 2 at his home in a Kampala suburb.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enaga, disclosed that the minister was shot at his residence in Kyanja, at close range, while entering his vehicle to go to work.

The police said Sabiti fled from the scene to the trading centre at Kyanja, Ring Road, where he also shot himself dead.

The motive was not immediately clear, but the local press said there had been an apparent dispute over the guard’s wages.

Enaga said a team of detectives was dispatched to the crime scene for further investigations to establish the motive of the shooting.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare