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Ugandan Minister Killed by Bodyguard in Apparent Wage Dispute

Ugandan Minister Killed by Bodyguard in Apparent Wage Dispute

What happened: A Ugandan government minister, Charles Engola, was shot and killed by his bodyguard early Tuesday in an apparent private dispute over wages, according to the army and local media. Engola, a retired army colonel, served as the junior minister in charge of labor in President Yoweri Museveni’s government. The bodyguard, who has not been publicly identified, reportedly turned the gun on himself after the incident. The shooting took place inside Engola’s home in a suburb of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and police detectives are now investigating the scene.

Why it matters: The incident is expected to cause shockwaves in Uganda, where other high-profile officials have been killed in gun attacks over the years. The tragic event highlights potential security concerns surrounding government officials and may prompt an examination of bodyguard hiring practices and wage disputes.

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