Police hunt for guard over murder


Police in Kampala are hunting for a security guard who shot dead his Indian employer last Thursday night.

Fred Baraza, a security guard with Ballard Security Company Limited, is suspected of killing his employer, Sanjeev Ira, the managing director of Grow More Seeds and Chemicals Company Limited located on Luthuli Avenue in Bugolobi, a Kampala suburb.

Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, said the incident occurred at around 9:20pm, when the guard attacked the victim at the company’s premises.

“The guard fired a single shot into the victim’s shoulder, which left him unconscious. He further turned to the shamba boy, who had responded to the gunshot, and robbed him of Ushs10,000 and a mobile phone,” Mr Enanga said.

He said police officers at Bugolobi Police Post responded upon receiving a call at around 9.40pm.

“The police officers rushed the victim to International Hospital Kampala, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police are conducting an extensive search for the suspect, who originates from the Eastern district of Busia,” he said.

The police publicist believes the suspect is hiding within Kampala city and the surrounding districts.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. We have put a lot of resources into tracing the culprit, who will be arrested and prosecuted,” Mr Enanga said.

Call for calm

He urged the public, and in particular the Indian business community, to remain calm and not jump to conclusions about any racial aspect to the crime, and to continue being vigilant in their day to day activities.

Similar incidents

In October, Michel Fernandez, an Indian businessman was killed by thugs in Kamwokya and the Indian Times quickly reported that Indians were being targeted in Ugandans for political reasons. Fernandez, who had lived in Uganda for more than 10 years, was attacked at Mawanda road as he returned home.



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