Robert Kagolo, formerly a president of the Uganda Journalists Association and a media crew member of Kampala based Radio Star was shot dead last year at the peak of gun violence by the Local Defence Unit that shot to prominence for its notoriety during the 2021 covid-19 lockdown.
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Kagoro was killed by an errant Local Defence Unit whom UPDF revealed as Kiconco. The incident occured in Wakiso district as the deceased was returning from the vigil of his slain elder brother who was also murdered that same week. It is said the errant officer guising as an implementer of covid guidelines shot Kagoro dead for allegedly violating curfew.
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A year later, family members say the UPDF has fulfilled none of its pledge save for the coffin they purchased for the remains of the deceased to be inserted.
Lt. Col. Kabona who speaks for the UPDF first division in a phone call interview with local media acknowledged that no assistance has been given yet but contends that the matter is being handled at administrative level and guided that family members follow up with the UPDF leadership at Mbuya.
“They have the contact number of our UPDF legal team. I tasked them to follow up. Their matter will be handled,” Lt. Kabona said.
The deceased left behind a large family, with 9 biological children and his Gomba district based parents to fend for.
It is said that even the pledge to take the affected family to state house to meet President Museveni turned futile, as the concerned authorities never returned soon as the burial was completed.
“We have never met Museveni one year later. The deceased was our bread winner. We expected some small compensation but nothing has been got yet. The kids need fees and Kagoro’s elderly parents need utmost care,” said a family member in an interview with ugnews24.