By Enyichukwu Enemanna
Prominent Ugandan businessman and religious leader has escaped an assassination attempt in which his bodyguard, Richard Muhumuza was killed in the capital Kampala, police said on Tuesday.
Pastor Aloysius Bugingo is the founder of House of Prayer Ministries International and a strong supporter of the ruling party in Uganda of President Yoweri Museveni.
The unknown gunmen who later fled the scene on a motorcycle opened fire on Pastor Bugingo’s vehicle while he was going home on Tuesday night along Namungoona area.
Despite sustaining injuries during the attack, Mr Bugingo managed to drive the vehicle to a nearby hospital, police said.
The pastor’s bodyguard, Muhumuza however succumbed to bullet wounds, the police said, describing the incident as an “attempted murder”.
“We are thoroughly reviewing CCTV footage to identify the assailants,” police said, adding that they discovered the scene had been tampered with.
Motive for the attack has not been established. Uganda has recently recorded a heightened gun violence that saw several prominent persons shot dead in Kampala.