Uganda: Museveni blames church noise for not hearing gun shots.

Ugandan police may not have heard the gunshots which killed senior police officer Muhammad Kirumira because of the loud noise from a nearby church, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

Gunmen on a motorcycle taxi, known in Uganda as a boda boda, shot dead Mr Kirumira on Saturday as he was driving near his home in Bulenga town in the central region.

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A woman who was also in the vehicle was also killed.

His killing was the latest in a series of fatal shootings of politicians and police officers, raising fears about growing insecurity in Uganda.

Mr Kirumira was the former district commander of Buyende, and a video in which he urges people to expose the “mafia to save the state” has been widely circulated on social media since his death:

Speaking on state television on Sunday night, Mr Museveni denounced the killers as cowardly pigs.

He added:

There was police in the area… but they said they didn’t hear the gunshots. It is possible they didn’t hear because there is a church nearby and in church, we are always shouting as if God is deaf.”

Mr Museveni vowed that police will fill the security “gaps” that killers were exploiting, and added:

The electronic identification of boda bodas would have helped us to identify these people quickly.”

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