Police is investigating circumstances under which an army bodyguard of Busia Municipality Member of Parliament , Geoffrey Macho was shot dead.
Ivan Kakayi was shot yesterday (Sunday, November 15, 2020) at one of the local churches in Sofia village, Busia District.
Kakayi, a UPDF soldier, was killed as his boss, Machyo was in the church praying.
The Busia district police commander, Moses Kakiryo, said the OC flying squad in the area was arrested, but declined to give the details.
Residents who witnessed the incident told the media that three armed, plain clothed men approached Machyo’s vehicle in which Kakayi was seated. The vehicle was parked along the road in front of the church.
They asked Kakayi, who was seated co-driver’s seat, to identify himself. He reportedly told them to calm down as he picked his identity card. However, no sooner had he picked the ID than an officer identified as Chelangati, the officer in-charge flying squad, allegedly pulled out his pistol and shot him.
Kakayi reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the church where Macho was, but Chelangati allegedly followed him and shot him again. He fell down and died instantly.
Macho blamed his political rival for the incident. “Two minutes after he was killed, the NRM flag-bearer called me and asked what was happening in Sofia,” Macho said, adding that Kakayi was seated in the seat he had previously occupied and wore a jacket. He says the killers could have thought it was him (Macho).
The MP claims they were trailed from Deliverance and Canan church to Divine Deliverance and his life was the target.
Macho, who was at his home in Kisenyi B village flanked by his supporters, said the politics of eliminating rivals had never happened in Busia.
George Barasa, the chairperson of Kisenyi village in Busia Municipality, condemned the incident, which he said, can be interpreted in so many ways during this campaign period.