By Ivan Kaahwa
Pastor Bugingo being guarded by a Special Forces Command (SFC) officer raises questions about the perceived threat level that necessitates elite force personnel for protection. This is a Pastor whom anyone would believe shouldn’t be having threats of sort. While the Uganda Police Force offers escort services for life and property protection, the deployment of the SFC implies a heightened level of security.
The SFC, a specialized unit of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), operates with the mission to execute specialized missions or operations promptly. This force is designed to be powerful, versatile, and responsive to the UPDF and national requirements.
Moving Targets and Positioning: In incidents where the protected individual drives the vehicle, it compromises the effectiveness of protection with the bodyguard in the co-driver’s seat. Typically, the driver, bodyguard, and principal occupy designated positions for optimal protection, known as the “assassination corner.” This arrangement facilitates swift reactions to threats, as seen in the General Katumba Wamala incident, where the driver played a crucial role.
Distractions should be minimized: Effective bodyguarding relies on minimal distractions. Guarding someone who is driving during an attack increases the risk of panic-induced reactions, potentially leading to confusion that hinder the bodyguard’s swift response. It is more efficient to protect a principle who is not too busy especially for moving targets.
Police report on the shooting : Police reported tampering with the crime scene, likely exacerbated by the victim leaving to rush his injured bodyguard to the hospital and residents gathering in the area. Despite potential tampering, available cameras should provide leads, coupled with witness testimonies than portraying as if it is impossible to get the culprits arising from the tampering with the crime scene.
Intentions of the attack: While the shooting isn’t surprising given Uganda’s history of firearm misuse, the assailants could have targeted Bugingo directly if he was their primary objective. The attack on his vehicle, resulting in the bodyguard’s death, raises questions about the assailants’ true intentions—whether they aimed to kill the pastor or send a signal, inadvertently causing the SFC soldier’s death.
This incident involves complex dynamics, including the choice of protection, potential crime scene tampering, and uncertainties about the assailants’ true motives in targeting Bugingo and his bodyguard.