Tension In Sembabule As Watchman Shoots One Dead

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Jerica Nsigazi,the father of the deceased says they were going to Masaka and they stopped at the sight of the road construction at Kabango. He says they stopped because this particular section of the road is under construction and it is hard to speed up.

Angry residents of Sembabule  town council have taken to the streets to protest and  blocked road construction after a guard shot and killed a motorist.

The incident happened at around 6:30am on Saturday when a guard opened fire on a motorist and killed him instantly. The victim has been identified as Bright Kintu, a resident of Kisindi in Sembabule town council.

Jerica Nsigazi, the father of the deceased says they were going to Masaka and they stopped at the sight of the road construction at Kabango. 

He says they stopped because this particular section of the road is under construction and cars cannot move fast. Nsigazi however says when they stopped, the road construction watchman opened fire at their car injuring Kintu.

Nsigazi says he hide in the car as the watchman ran away.

Jozito Ssenfuka, an eye witness says angry residents stormed the construction site and threatened to lynch the road workers of China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited which is undertaking the construction.

Ssenfuka says police swung into action and took away the killed victim and also persuaded residents to be calm. Ssenfuka says police have taken over the construction site of the crime scene to quell any destruction of property belonging to the road contractors.

The workers of  China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited have not yet commented on the matter. Sembabule Police have refused to comment on the matter.

Maxwell Ogwal,the Greater Masaka region police commander also said he has not yet got any briefing from Sembabule police. The body has been taken to Sembabule Health Centre IV.
 
China Railway NO3 Engineering Group Company Limited  was contracted by Government to undertake the road construction. The project is worth 230billion shillings.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.