The Saracen office along Lugogo by Pass in Kampala was a scene of chaos on Wednesday morning after some guards rampaged over pay.
The guards, who were returning from night duty, started pelting their office with stones. This prompted the officers who were at the Operational offices to open fire to disperse the rioters.
The shooting prompted the Special Forces Group to deploy two battle vehicles at the Saracen operational offices to ward off further attacks. Some of the guards who spoke to local on condition of anonymity for fear of being reprimanded by their bosses, demanded for a pay rise from 180,000 to 350,000 shillings each month. They argue that their colleagues deployed at Tullow and Total oil companies earn up to 400,000 shillings monthly.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Kampala Metropolitan police commander rushed to Saracen offices and convened a meeting with John Mugisha, the general manager.
Management had agreed to increase the guard’s pay to 200,000 shillings. Mugisha later confirmed that they had agreed to increase the guard’s pay at rate to be decided by the management.
He however, said they were hunting for the guards who pelted their offices with stones for prosection. Mugisha also confirmed that the guards were armed because they were given guns before they were deployed.
The riot by the Saracen guards comes only a few days after General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police faulted private security firms for paying guards peanuts out of the money they receive from their clients.
His concern followed an incident last week in which, a private security guard attached to Delta force shot dead an Indian businessman over delayed payment of his salary. Kayihura advised proprietors of Private Security firms to consider revising the guard’s pay.
Andrew Kaweesi, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander has not yet commented as his phone went unanswered.