President Yoweri Museveni has used the End of Year address to reveal that his security personnel are responsible for the killing of Mr. Isaac Zebra Ssenyanye aka Mando.
“I specifically decided to take on his case and I have so far found out he was killed by security personnel. I am very sorry, so sorry about this. I will bring my entire findings to the knowledge of the family. I am very sorry”. the president said.
Museveni on Wednesday via telephone call told the family of the deceased in Bwaise that he had dispatched a team of investigators to investigate the killing of the boxer.
“Yes the president promised to help with investigations but I have been told to stop discussing that”Mercy Mukankusi, the widow was quoted by Daily Monitor.
According to the family and witnesses, masked gunmen struck the family home in St Francis Zone in Bwaise in the dead of the night, and banged the door and window, calling out Ssenyange by his nickname Zebra.
Sensing danger, the boxer fled through the back door and sprinted over a filthy drainage canal into what turned out to be a dead end.
He then made a U-turn and was gunned by other waiting assailants as the original pursuers stormed into his house after kicking the door open.
Witnesses, among them the village chairperson, Mr Abdullatif Ssekirime, said the deceased was first disabled by a bullet that shattered his leg.
He had stint in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s, where he was detained on rape charges but was never convicted.
He returned home and reunited with the national team, and was Uganda’s oldest boxer at the 2011 All-Africa Games. Ssenyange trained hundreds of ghetto youth in boxing through Lukanga Boxing Club and Zebra Boxing Club near his home in Bwaise.
He joined professional ranks in 2012. Until his death, Ssenyange was the manager in charge of general duties at the Uganda Boxing Federation and the boxer’s representative on the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission. He is survived by a son and two daughters.