Bukwo district CAO shot dead
Charles Robert Ogwal was shot at and killed by unknown gunmen

Bukwo district CAO Charles Robert Ogwal was shot at and killed by unknown gunmen on July 8th 2022 at around 11:30 pm along Bombo road in Kiryowa village.

The police Monday said they have so far arrested four suspects including the driver following the brutal murder of the Bukwo district CAO.

Mr Charles Robert Ogwal, the district CAO of Bukwo, was on July 8th 2022 at around 11:30 pm, shot at and killed by unknown gunmen at Kiryowa village, along Bombo road. 

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, preliminary findings gathered indicate that the victim travelled from Bukwo to Mbale, with his driver, Eric Chemusto, aged 23, in the motor vehicle, registration number, UG0865Z. 

While in Mbale, the victim had plans of travelling to Kampala via Lira. He, however, changed his mind and they drove to Kampala. 

“They reached Mukono after 10am and proceeded to Wandegeya, Ntinda, Konge, Kisaasi among other places. At around 8pm, he dropped his driver at Liberty Guest House in Kireka, to enable him travel by bus to Bukwo district, while he drives himself to Lira. The victim drove and reached Bwaise at around 9:23pm, Kawempe up to Kagoma where he delayed a bit.”

Enanga said at around 11:12 pm, he drove past the CCTV camera site in Kiryagonja ward, while heading towards Bombo. 

It was at Kiryowa cell, Kiryamuli ward, Gombe division, that he was stopped by an armed group of strangers, and he parked aside.

The police spokesperson disclosed that upon knowing his true identity they went on to fire bullets at him.

The attackers inquired whether he was Mr Ogwang, and it is at this stage that he sensed danger and he told them that he was his driver. They removed his wallet and phone, which they checked. 

After establishing his true identity, the assailants fired several bullets at him from the passenger side, Enanga added.

”This was an account of the victim to the medical staff at Bombo Military Hospital, as they tried to give him First Aid. It is unfortunate that the victim succumbed to the injuries.”

He, in addition, explained that two other victims who were driving a tri-cycle, registration number UFF849H were also rushed to the hospital, after their tri-cycle, overturned and injured them. 

“They clearly narrated how they fled to a nearby bush when the gunshots began, and how the attack was being recorded on a smart phone, by one of the assailants for their proof. The attackers also set the motor vehicle on fire, with the victim inside before escaping from the scene,” Enanga explained.

“We do strongly believe that the victim was targeted. The killing was not random but pre-meditated, pre-planned and targeted. At this stage, the motive of the fatal shooting has not yet been determined, although we rule out robbery or domestic terrorism.”

He, however, noted that so far four suspects have been arrested including the driver and another suspect who was arrested while hiding in the bush near the scene.

The police spokesperson also said a total of 26 cartridges were recovered from the scene including a grey jacket, a gun butt, blood specimen and empty tins of yoghurt as further investigations continue.

“The wreckage of the burnt double cabin pick-up and the motorcycle were also removed from the scene. We appreciate that an incident of this nature, causes panic and understandable concern in the public.”

“We however, want to reassure the public that we have leads that will help us establish the full circumstances of the incident and the identity of all culprits involved in the planning, preparation and execution of the targeted murder,” Enanga added.