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Lightning now strikes 7 Museveni elite guards

Muhoozi Kainerugaba (born April 24, 1974) is a Brigadier in the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF). He is the Commander of the Special Forces Group

Muhoozi Kainerugaba the Commander of the Special Forces Group

We are still verifying a report which indicates that seven more elite soldiers attached to Special Forces Command [SFC] were struck by lightning.

According to an inside security source, the incident happened at Nakasero State Lodge where the soldiers were guarding on Tuesday night.

During the heavy rain, lightning struck a tree in the compound and a branch fell off.

The branch hit a tent housing the soldiers just under the same tree.

Seven of them were injured in the accident.

They were rushed to Entebbe Grade B hospital for treatment.

SFC spokesperson, Maj Chris Magezi, could not clearly communicate with us when contacted as he is currently at Kololo where soldiers are meeting the president.

Presidential press secretary Lindah Nabusayi, also made her phone busy because she is reporting on the meeting of the Commander-in-Chief and the armed forces at Kololo.

At the start of May, three Museveni elite guards were struck by lightning while guarding an outpost at State House Entebbe.

One of them, Christopher Karugaba who hails from Nyakayonjo, Rwanyamahembe, Kashaari in Mbarara district, was killed and his two colleagues injured.

With a second group of soldiers suffering a similar fate in Nakasero, SFC commander Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba was forced to intervene.

Muhoozi has now instructed the SFC technical team to install lightning rods, metallic objects mounted on top of an elevated structure to protect the structure in the event of lightning strike.

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