Police offer Shs 20m bounty for pastor Bugingo attackers

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Police spokesperson Fred Enanga

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Police has declared a reward of Shs 20 million for individuals providing information leading to the apprehension of the assailants and the recovery of the firearm used in the shootings of vlogger Isma Olaxes and Pastor Aloysius Bugingo’s bodyguard, Corporal Richard Muhumuza.

Olaxes was fatally shot on May 6, 2023, in Kyanja, while Muhumuza was killed last week on Buwalakata road, Namungoona, Lubaga Division. Bugingo, who claims to have sustained gunshot wounds, was in the car during the attack.

Both incidents, occurring around 9 pm, involved attackers escaping on motorcycles. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga highlighted the striking similarities in the attacks, emphasizing the shared use of the pistol.

“We urge anyone with information that could lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects or the recovery of the murder weapon, a pistol, to reach out to the Special Investigations Division at CID Headquarters in Kibuli or contact our team via the dedicated telephone number 0741 111 333,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga during a weekly press conference on Monday, 8 January 2024.

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“We’ve set a reward of Uganda shillings 20 million for credible information that can facilitate the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the murder weapon,” he emphasised.

Richard Muhumuza’s body showed retrieval of at least 13 bullets, and the targeted vehicle had 11 visible bullet holes, undergoing forensic and ballistic examinations. CCTV footage from Salt TV, Bugingo’s departure point with Muhumuza, is being reviewed, along with other security cameras.

Amid social media speculations, the police remains focused on the investigation, dismissing unrelated narratives. The Criminal Investigations Directorate director assigned the Special Investigations Division to lead Muhumuza’s murder probe, while the army secures Bugingo’s business entities and home in Wakiso.