Blogger Ibrahim Tusubira famously known as Isma Olaxes/Jjaja Ichuli was gunned down on Saturday 8th May near his home in Kyanja by unknown assailants. Isma was known and criticized by many whom sometimes felt offended and attacked by his commentaries though others loved and appreciated his journalism. Several security agencies including CID, Forensics, KMP are investigating the motive for his murder.
On 12th May four days later, Ivan Wabwire a police officer and client at Yako Bank limited shot dead an Indian national Uttam Bhandiri, a money lender and director of TFS Financial services over 2 million shillings loan he was servicing. Eyewitnesses narrated to Police that misunderstanding rose between the deceased and Ivan over the total loan which Ivan disagreed and the argument led to the murder of Uttam.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi subsequently met with a delegation of the Indian business community living in Uganda yesterday.
The DIGP addressed the leaders of the Indian business community, emphasizing that the shooting should not be regarded as a case of organized or targeted crime, but rather as an isolated incident.
As a good gesture As a gesture of support, the police contributed five million Uganda shillings towards the burial arrangements of the Indian National.
During the meeting, he reassured them that the Uganda Police is committed to ensuring their security.
Police spokesman Patrick Onyango however assured the Asian community on security as they investigate the case and promised to apprehend Ivan. This scenario is to some extent similar to the shooting of Hon. Charles Okello Engola Minister for Labor as he was shot dead on 2 May by his bodyguard Wilson Sabiiti at his home in Kyanja.
Though Sabiiti committed suicide, the link is that security officers; police and army are surviving on low wages, prompting many to opt for loan to fulfil their responsibilities as in both case failure and hardship in servicing the loan frustrated the culprits leading to murder. This communicates much on the circumstances under which ordinary Ugandans live.
The fourth incident happened in the upcountry of Lira, where a youngman was shot and incidentally killed in the outskirt of the city by unknown assailants.
Many MPs have constantly urged government to review the gun law by introducing gun registration to promote security as well as improve on service delivery to Ugandans.
The late Minister for Labour Charles Okello Engola is being laid to rest today Saturday 13th May and reportedly one of his sons ready to appear on the ballot come the by-election before the end of year.