A security guard on a building in the city centre on Wednesday evening went on rampage shooting three people, killing one and injuring two others.
According to eye witnesses, the incident that happened at around 7:30PM when a guard belonging to Swatt Security Company started shooting at by-passers near Pioneer Building along Ben Kiwanuka street in the city centre.
“I just survived death when a rowdy security guard started shooting at us as we walked past him. I was right infront of him and a woman who was walking beside me was killed,” said Prossy Kyeswa, one of the eyewitnesses.
It is said that the security guard was angered after getting involved in an argument with some of the people who were walking near the building he was guarding prompting him to shoot at them.
There was a scuffle as police tried to disarm the security guard who was on a shooting spree.
Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident identifying the deceased Brenda Bukoye, 36, a resident of Nsambya whereas one of the injured victim was identified as Anita Nanyonjo, a student at Kampala University and is admitted at Mulago hospital in critical condition.
“We responded quickly and arrested the security guard identified as Caleb Muhwezi,”Owoyesigyire said.
He however noted that the security guard is yet to record a statement to narrate the ordeal of what happened but said he has been charged with murder.
The number of incidents in which security guards have shot dead people are always increasing.
On January 7, Abubakar Kinene a mechanic and resident of Kyengera was involved in a quarrel with a security guard at a soda depot before he was shot dead.
The guard attached to Redteck Security Company later fled the scene, dropped the gun at the company offices in Ntinda before fleeing to Soroti where he was arrested from.
In September last year, police in Mukono arrested a security guard for shooting dead a colleague and on arrest, the suspect confessed that he had been subdued by evil spirits.
Early last year, a security guard at Arua Park in Kampala was arrested for shooting one person dead during a protest by traders.
The Police Force has on a number of occasions tried to reach out to private security companies to have their personnel trained by experienced police trainers, a number of them have not heeded to the call.
It is said many of the private guards are trained for a few days before being deployed with guns, a thing police say is dangerous.
In 2017, police announced arrangements had been finalised to have all security guards in private companies registered under a centralised system.
It was said then that the police ICT department had developed a biometric system to create a pool of data of new and existing recruits to stop criminal elements moving from one company to another.
Under the arrangement, guards employed by institutions and companies as individuals were supposed to undergo a training provided by the association of private security guards.
Private security organisations are an auxiliary arm of the Uganda Police Force as provided for under the Police Act and are mandated to uphold the standards of the force.