Colonel (ret.) Charles Okello Engola, State Minister for Labour, Employment, and Industrial Relations, was shot and killed this morning by his bodyguard in the Kampala suburb of Kyanja.
Luke Owoyesigire, deputy police spokesperson for the city of Kampala, has confirmed the incident.
“Yes. Go to Kyanja, there is a shooting. A soldier has shot his boss,” Owoyesigire told this publication in a brief telephone interview.
This morning, the Speaker of the Parliament, Ms. Anita Among, also confirmed the minister’s passing while presiding over the plenary 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,” Ms Among said.
Security personnel have cordoned off the site of the crime.
Betty Amongi, the Minister of Gender, is among the government officials who have already arrived at Engola’s residence in Kyanja.