A famous and controversial Ugandan blogger was shot dead

Isma Olaxes.

the famous and controversial Ugandan blogger Ibrahim Tusubirapopularly known as Isma Olaxeswas shot dead last night by an unidentified gunman, Ugandan police confirmed.

“It is with deep regret that we report the unfortunate passing of Tusubira Ibrahim, also known as Isma Olaxes” in the town of Kyanja, on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, the deputy spokesman for the city’s Metropolitan Police, Luke Owoyesigyire, said late yesterday in a statement on the social network Twitter.

According to Owoyesigyire, The blogger was attacked around 9:20 p.m. local time (6:20 p.m. GMT) when he was driving his car, accompanied by his driver.

”Preliminary reports indicate that an unidentified gunman armed with an SMG (a submachine gun) opened fire on the vehicle, resulting in a fatal shooting” from Tusubira, explained the spokesman.

An investigation has been launched with officers being deployed on the ground, Owoyesigyire added.

“Our dedicated work teams are currently on the ground, working diligently to gather all available evidence and conduct thorough investigations into this heinous crime“, said.

Isma Olaxes
“Preliminary reports indicate that an unidentified gunman armed with an SMG (a submachine gun) opened fire on the vehicle, resulting in the shooting death” of Tusubira, the police spokesman explained.

“We understand the concerns and anxieties that arise from this incident. We urge residents to remain calm and cooperate with authorities as we work to resolve this quickly.Owoyesigyire said in the statement.

Isma was shot dead in the same area where the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Colonel Rtd Charles Okello Engola, was shot dead a few days ago by his bodyguard, Private Wilson Sabiti, the Ugandan media commented. The Independent.

According to local media reports, Tusubira was a fierce critic of the opposition, specifically former singer Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, and his party, the National Unity Platform (NUP, for its acronym in English).

In this sense, the controversial blogger came to affirm that the repression of the protests prior to the January 2021 electionswhen at least 54 protesters were killed after security forces used live ammunition, should have been even tougher.

However, Tusubira also at times criticized the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)going so far as to celebrate in networks the assassination this week of the Deputy Minister of Labor, retired Colonel Charles Okello Engola, after one of his bodyguards, a Ugandan Army soldier, shot him.

Uganda has been governed since 1986 by President Yoweri Museveni, re-elected in the aforementioned elections after an electoral period characterized by the repression of demonstrations and also by the arrest of hundreds of opposition sympathizers. An unknown number of them remain missing.

(with information from EFE)

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