Pastor Aloysius Bugingo, the head of the House of Prayer Ministries International, shared his gratitude for being given a second chance at life after narrowly escaping an attack on Tuesday night in a press conference held at his Namugoona residence. The incident resulted in the death of his bodyguard, Corporal Richard Muhumuza, who had been serving as a close protection officer.
Addressing the media, Pastor Bugingo emotionally recounted the harrowing experience, emphasizing that God spared his life for a reason. He described how one of the bullets grazed his left shoulder, causing slight injuries. The assailants, riding a motorcycle, fired upon the pastor’s sports utility vehicle at Bwalakata Junction on National Housing Road in Namungoona, Zone 2, Kasubi of Rubaga Division, Kampala.
Despite the tragedy, Pastor Bugingo maintained a composed demeanor, expressing faith in God’s protection. He refrained from attributing blame to specific individuals but acknowledged the presence of threats. The pastor acknowledged that surviving such an ordeal was a testament to divine intervention.
Pastor Bugingo, a vocal supporter of President Museveni and Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s self-declared presidential ambitions, alluded to the political dimensions of the incident. Standing alongside him were Mr Balaam Barugahara, the national mobiliser of the Muhoozi Kainerugaba (MK) Movement, and Igara East MP Michael Mawanda, both affiliated with the movement.
During the press conference, Mr Barugahara conveyed a message from Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, expressing solidarity with Pastor Bugingo during this challenging time. The pastor’s close association with political figures adds complexity to the circumstances surrounding the attack.
Eyewitnesses provided brief accounts, suggesting that Pastor Bugingo’s quick reaction, including ducking under the steering wheel, contributed to his survival. At least 17 bullets penetrated the pastor’s vehicle, highlighting the severity of the attack.
Pastor Bugingo revealed that Corporal Muhumuza, who lost his life in the incident, would be laid to rest at his ancestral home in Sembabule District on Friday. Security has been heightened around the Bugingo residence, limiting access to journalists and prominent individuals.
The pastor’s wife, Ms Susan Makula, reportedly collapsed upon hearing about the near-death experience of her husband but was said to be recovering at home.
The investigation into the attack is ongoing, with details about the assailants and their motives yet to be clarified.