By Henry D Gombya in London and Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni yesterday narrowly escaped death when one of his bodyguards “accidentally” lost possession of his automatic weapon which fell to the ground and fired as the Ugandan leader was about to get into his car.
Unconfirmed reports say the bodyguard suffered gunshot wounds after one of his colleagues shot at him believing he was trying to assassinate Museveni who has been in power for the last 27 years. The bodyguard was part of an elite specially-trained military unit of commandos that is commanded by Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi, the president’s only known son.
Gen Museveni, whose tenure has moved from one time being the darling of the West to uneasy relationships not only with Western leaders but also with those that he started a protracted guerrilla war against the then Milton Obote government with in 1982 that culminated in his seizing power in January 1986, had just addressed the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) at parliament in Kampala last evening and after posing for photographs outside parliament, he was heading for his waiting car at the parliamentary park yard when a shot was heard clearly emanating from within his security guards.