Lawyer in Controversial Rugby Club Shooting Case Released

People gathered on January 21, 2024 in the aftermath of a night fatal shooting at Kings Park rugby grounds in Bweyogerere on January 20, 2024. PHOTO/ISAAC KASAMANI

Summary:

  • A lawyer accused of fatally shooting a security guard at a rugby club in Wakiso District has been released by the police. The case took a turn when the deceased’s relatives defended the suspect, leading to his release on a police bond. The lawyer claims the shooting was accidental, but conflicting witness accounts surround the incident

The lawyer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed private security guard at a rugby club in Wakiso District has been released by the police as the case undergoes a new development.

Sam Ahamya, the alleged shooter, is said to have discharged his privately owned pistol, resulting in the death of Nekeon Buruga at Kings Park Rugby Club in Kakajjo Zone, Bweyogerere Division, Kira Municipality, two weeks ago. A police source, speaking anonymously due to the case’s sensitivity, disclosed that Ahamya received a police bond over the weekend. This release followed additional statements from the deceased’s relatives, who defended Ahamya.

“The relatives of the deceased came forward, asserting that the alleged shooter was innocent. Subsequently, the Criminal Investigations Directorate headquarters requested the case file before releasing the suspect,” stated the source.

Efforts to obtain an update from the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, have been unsuccessful, despite promises made over the last two days.

On the day of the incident, Ahamya attended the Uganda Cup finals at Kings Park Rugby Club, where Heathens beat Rams 57 to 22. Allegedly, he handed over his pistol at the entrance and picked it up after the match. Ahamya claimed that he was unaware the pistol’s magazine was inserted and, while performing safety checks, unintentionally discharged a bullet, injuring the guard.

Contradictory accounts surround the incident. According to one witness, the guard blocked Ahamya from entering the club with the pistol, leading to a scuffle. The lawyer reportedly refused to surrender his weapon, resulting in the fatal shooting. However, police sources state that their officers on the scene received a different version of events.

The police have decided to submit the case file to the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to determine whether to charge Ahamya with the guard’s death or treat the incident as a mistake.

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