A bodyguard killed a minister in Uganda

The body of a bodyguard being carried in the village of Kyanja, Kampala, Uganda (AP Photo / Ajar Nalwadda) (Ajar Nalwadda /)

A bodyguard shot dead a government minister in Uganda on Tuesday, apparently from a private disputereported the army and the local press.

The guard, who has not been identified, then he committed suicide with his gunstate broadcaster UBC and other media reported.

The victim, charles engola, was Minister of Labor in the government of President Yoweri Museveni. He was a retired army colonel.

Brigadier Felix Kulayigye, an army spokesman, said in a brief statement that an “unfortunate incident” led to Engola’s death. “We will update the public on the details as we investigate the matter,” Kulayigye wrote on Twitter.

The event occurred at Engola’s home in a suburb of Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Police detectives are at the scene.

The motive for the crime was not clear, but the local press reported that there was apparently a dispute over the guard’s pay.

“Witnesses say that the soldier had been shouting that They haven’t been paid for a long time despite having worked for the minister,” reported the online newspaper NilePost.

The event rocked the country where other prominent politicians have been gunned down over the years.

In 2021, a former army chief was injured and his daughter killed when a man shot at his vehicle in Kampala.

(With information from AP)