Nakasongola musician killed in case of mistaken identity

Friday December 06 2019
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Kelvin Mutebi alias Sida Man was shot by security personnel who were in pursuit of a machete wielding man who hacked four people dead. URN PHOTO

A local musician in Nakasongola town council in central Uganda has died at Bombo Military Hospital after he was shot in a case of mistaken identity.
Calvin Mutegesi also known as Sida Man and a resident of Kansirye village in Nakasongola town council was shot on Thursday at 11 pm by security personnel who were in pursuit of a machete-wielding man who hacked four people dead.
Ms Caroline Akoth, the Savannah Regional Police Commander explained that when police officers stopped Mutegesi during security patrol, he attempted to run which prompted the officers to shoot at him.
Akoth said Mutegesi was rushed to Bombo Military Hospital where he died on Friday due to multiple wounds.

She, however, added that investigations into the murder of the residents are still ongoing.
On Thursday, a machete wielding man attacked Wabigalo trading centre in Nakasongola along Kampala-Gulu highway and hacked four people dead.

The victims were identified as Lozio Matovu (90), Judith Odur (38), Amos Sekanja (7) and another identified only as Mawanda aged around 10.
Charles Bogere, the District Speaker for Nakasongola town council said that Mutegesi was a well-behaved youth who perhaps feared arrest prompting him to run.

Bogere added that another friend who was moving with Mutegesi at night survived after the bullets missed him.

However, police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga said in a press statement on Friday afternoon said that Mutegesi, 29 was caught by stray bullets during the operation.
"We are investigating the incident and also reached out to the family of the deceased," CP Enanga said.

Mr Nathan Musoke, the LCI Chairman of Wabigalo village said that on Friday, residents allegedly spotted the suspected killer in nearby bushes and have notified police to launch a fresh manhunt for him.
The situation is tense and residents are in shock following the Thursday attack.
Police have since released the dead bodies for burial.
By time of compiling this report, Nakasongola District Security Committee had convened a crisis meeting at the district headquarters to discuss the shooting and the murder of four people.
Mutebi had planned to perform on December 14 at a show at Rhino Hotel in Nakasongola.