Journalist shot dead on return from burial of kidnapped brother

Former President Uganda Journalists Association and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) radio employee, Robert Kagolo, shot dead.

Uganda Police are investigating circumstances under which a journalist attached to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), Robert Kagolo, was shot dead last (Thursday) evening.

The former president of the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) was returning from the burial of his brother who was kidnapped before being killed last week.

Police states that the murder by shooting of Kagolo took place at around 8:00 pm at Bugembegembe, Nansana in Wakiso District following a brief confrontation with Local Defence Unit (LDU) officers.

“It is alleged, that, while Robert Kagolo was returning from the village after the brother’s burial, he hurriedly entered the late’s home which was being guarded by LDU personnel after he suspected that some people were following him and he knocked the gate with his motor vehicle while gaining entrance,” Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson says.

“It is from there that a disagreement between him and two LDU personnel who were guarding the home started, unfortunately, the disagreement led to a shooting of which the circumstances are being investigated. The victim was later rushed to St Joseph Hospital, Wakiso where he succumbed to the injuries sustained,” the statement continues.

The shooter LDU has been identified as Rashid Mamuli who was consequently arrested together with his colleague.

Sources say Kagolo’s family had hired the LDUs to oversee their protection and that of their family property while they were away for burial.

It, therefore, remains unclear why the same LDU shot him.

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