By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Uganda People's Defence Force has clarified on reports that a basketball player, Daniel Ogwang who was shot dead by a private security guard is not a soldier.
"UPDF would like to clarify that the person who was shot dead by a private security guard at Oil Libya Petrol Station along Port Bell road is not a UPDF soldier," Deputy Spokesperson of the UPDF Lt Col. Deo Akiiki said in a statement on Saturday.
He added however that the deceased has been practicing basketball skills with the UPDF team at Bombo.
"The UPDF Sports fraternity is aggrieved by this unfortunate loss of such a young talent and grieves with his family at such a loss," he said.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire identified the security guard as attached to SGA, a private security company.
He is said to have been deployed at the Petrol station when the shooting happened at around midnight.
It is alleged that a boda boda rider carrying the deceased had gone to refill at the Petrol Station, but the pump attendant decided to serve the motor vehicles first. It is from there that an argument between Ogwang and the pump attendant started, prompting the security guard to intervene by shooting Ogwang. He died on spot.
The security guard later ran away with his gun.