Masaka, Uganda | URN & THE INDEPENDENT | Reports that one of his bodyguards has been killed in an freak accident on his way to Kampala, has left presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine in tears.
A video clip on social media showed Kyagulanyi mourning the death of one of his bodyguards, a one Frank Ssenteza, who he said had been deliberately knocked dead by a military truck in Busega, a few kilometers before Kampala.
Police is yet to confirm the incident but the National Unity Party say the incident happened as their team drove from Masaka to Kampala to get further treatment for Kasirye Ashraf, one of three journalists who have been severely injured today.
The army later released a statement, saying “UPDF would like to clarify that the late Senteza was not knocked by a Military Police Vehicle as purported, but rather fell off a speeding Car Reg No UBF 850z (Drone) he tried to jump to but fell off.”
— AngryCitizen✊🏿🇺🇬 (@ewaffe256) December 27, 2020
VIDEO: @NUP_Ug Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi wept as he briefed his team shortly after the death of his bodyguard Ssenteza Frank who was allegedly knocked dead by a military car as the team drove to Kampala to check on Ashraf Kasirye.#UGDecides2021 #NTVNews pic.twitter.com/ZqMvLZcZhV
— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) December 27, 2020
I regret to announce the murder of my security team member Francis Senteza Kalibala aka Frank. He was deliberately ran over by military-police truck, No. H4DF 2382 which blocked us in Busega on our way to Rubaga to get Kasirye Ashraf emergency medical attention.
What a day! pic.twitter.com/SmdTcUjC6g
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) December 27, 2020
These photos taken on December 21, 2020 show one of Bobi Wine’s bodyguards Francis Senteza(in Cranes jersey) walking ahead of his convoy as he campaigned in Rushere, Kiruhura District. Bobi Wine said Frank died in hospital today after being run over by a military truck
— Daily Monitor (@DailyMonitor) December 27, 2020
Journalists in hospital
The incident capped a day that saw Daniel Lutaya, a journalist attached to NBS-TV and Ali Mivule, a reporter with NTV-Uganda hospitalized, following another nasty incident earlier in the day. NUP reported that Police earlier shot also at Kasirye , a cameraman attached to Gheto Media, an online broadcasting channel.
Police in a statement said tear gas was used to quell the violence at Kyabakuza, and “journalists were regrettably caught up during the process of dispersing the violent group. Notably among them was a Ghetto TV crew member identified as Ashraf Kasirye, who sustained blunt force injuries above the left eye allegedly from a canister. The victim was rushed to Masaka Referral Hospital for medical attention. He remains stable but in serious critical condition and on transfer to Kampala for better management.”