Another deadly shooting by a private security guard raises questions over the professionalism of private security companies

A private security guard in Banda yesterday shot at an employee with National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) who later died in hospital.

Police say Atwesigye Doribert died at Iran Uganda Hospital after allegedly being shot by Kizza Alkanglo Alali who is a guard at Kabojja Hostel in Banda.

It is reported that the incident took place on Sunday morning at around 6:00 am when Atwesigye who was paying a visit to his girl friend tried to force his way into the hostel.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says police have identified the victim as 27 year old Atwesigye Doribert who is a Munyankore by tribe.

Onyango further confirms that the victim had gone to see his girl friend Ainomugisha Linnet, a third year student of Kyambogo University.

Onyango adds that police did their best in trying to save the victim who later died a few moments after reaching hospital.

Alkanglo has been arrested and a case of attempted murder under reference SD 06/29/2019 has been recorded at Banda Police station.

Meanwhile, the shooting of Doribert brings to two the count of deadly shootings involving private security guards.

Two months ago in July, the shooting of Ainebyona Arnold Mugisha shocked the city when a private guard at Quality Supermarket in Naalya shot dead one of the owners of Hickory Bar and Restaurant located in Kololo.

As a response, in the same month, police revoked licences of 40 private security companies citing among other things poor training.

“There have been cases of indiscipline, lack of customer care, poor training and poor supervision by members of PSOs [private security organisations]. All the PSOs will be vetted and the report sent to the IGP to take action,” Mr Enanga said back in July.

The Uganda Private Security Association (TUPSA) chairperson, Mr Grace Matsiko, said the 40 PSOs, whose annual operating licences have been revoked had issues with payment of gun fees to police and operating with low personnel capacity.

According to police records, there are about 50,000 private guards in the country.

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