Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1826 EAT on Sunday 10th July 2022.
Bukwo district chief administrative officer (CAO) Charles Ogwang has become the latest public official to be attacked and die after being sprayed with bullets. Ogwang was attacked on Friday evening at the Matugga-Kalule stretch along the Gulu highway. Unfortunately for Ogwang, he succumbed to the injuries inflicted by the attackers’ bullets.
Police and Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) are investigating the shooting of the now-deceased CAO. Ogwang was attacked and shot at Kiryowa village – a few kilometres after Matugga town as he was driving from Kampala to Lira at around 11 pm.
Last year in June, Works minister Gen Katumba survived an assassination attempt that finished off his daughter and bodyguard who were with him at the time of 9 am attacks in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb. Gun attacks have previously claimed the lives of former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesa, state prosecutor Joan Kagezi, Buyende district police commander Muhammad Kirumira, Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga, and over 10 Muslim clerics among others.
Ogwang was driving his official car, registration number UG 0865Z which also caught fire in the shooting. Ogwang later died at Bombo Military hospital where he had been rushed for treatment.
Deputy police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Luke Owoyesigyire said that unidentified assailants shot at him several times and he sustained severe injuries.
“The first responders rushed him to a nearby clinic and later transferred to Bombo Military hospital where he succumbed to the bullet injuries this morning at around 4 am,” Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
He added that officers from both Matuga and Kasangati police stations rushed to the scene only to find the car on fire before they extinguished it. Owoyesigyire said that police are hunting for the killers to establish their motive.
Recently several audio clips emerged on social media with people decrying alleged fake roadblocks mounted between Matugga-Kalule towns by men in security personnel uniforms who rob them at night. Police spokesman Fred Enanga released a statement saying joint security teams were investigating the matter and asked people not to stop at the roadblocks. Quite a strange advice, as recently, the army and police declared a shoot to kill warning to people suspected of carrying firearms.