Soldier Fatally Shoots Politician He Was Guarding

An awful incident occurred in Uganda that's really difficult to hear.

A Ugandan national army soldier named Wilson Sabiiti, who was in charge of guarding a government minister, shot and killed the minister at his home in the capital city of Kampala. The minister's name was Charles Okello Engola, and he was the deputy minister for gender and labour. 

After the soldier carried out this dreadful act, he then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

BBC reported that it's not yet clear whether there had been an argument between the two men. Sabiiti was assigned to the minister's security detail a month ago.

Before he took his own life, some eyewitnesses said they saw Sabiiti walking around the neighbourhood and shooting in the air.

An aide to the minister, Ronald Otim, was wounded during the shoot-out at the house. He is receiving treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.

Initial reports suggest a number of other people may be injured and videos on social media showed locals gathering at the scene in shock. 

Col Engola was a senior member of the government, and had previously served as a deputy minister for defence.
The speaker of Uganda's parliament confirmed Col Engola's death in a short statement while presiding over its morning session.

This has to be such a heartbreaking and disturbing event for all those involved, especially the families and loved ones of both the minister and the soldier.

It's hard to even imagine the pain and suffering they must be going through right now, and all the lingering questions as to why this tragedy occured.  

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