Government, US mission speak out on California shooting


Mr. Alfred Olango

The ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has written to the Ugandan Embassy in Washington DC regarding Tuesday’s shooting of a Ugandan Mr. Alfred Olango citizen in California.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the ministry Margaret Kafeero says the Ugandan Ambassador has been directed to establish the facts of the incident.
“We want the facts of the matter before holding talks with the US government,” said Kafeero.

Reports by Western media indicate that Mr. Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee believed to be in his 30s was shot multiple times by police in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, who have since admitted that he was unarmed.

California police officers had responded to a call from his sister who said that he was mentally ill and needed help added that they shot him dead because he pulled an object from his pocket, pointed it and assumed a “shooting stance”.

Meanwhile the US Mission in Kampala has also responded to the incident, expressing regret.

In a Facebook post the embassy wrote: “We are aware of reports that on September 29, Alfred Olango was shot and killed during an incident with law enforcement officers in El Cajon, California. We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Olango’s family and friends.”

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