Col. (Rtd) Charles Okello Engola, the Ugandan State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, was on Monday allegedly shot dead by his bodyguard.
Okello’s death was confirmed by the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among while presiding over the plenary session on Tuesday morning.
“This morning, I received the sad news that Hon Engola has been shot by his bodyguard, who also shot himself after. May his soul rest in peace. That was God’s plan. We can’t change anything,” she said.
As reported by NTV Uganda, the shooting took place inside the retired army colonel Engola’s home in a suburb of the capital, Kampala. Police detectives are now at the crime scene.
The motive was not immediately clear, but the local press said there had been an apparent dispute over the guard’s wages.
“Witnesses claim that the soldier was yelling that he had not been paid for a long time despite working for a minister,” the online newspaper NilePost reported.
The incident is likely to send shockwaves in a nation where other high-profile officials have been killed in gun attacks over the years.
In 2021, a former army chief in Uganda was wounded and his daughter killed when gunmen shot at their vehicle in Kampala.
The crime scene has been cordoned off by security personnel.