Renowned Ugandan blogger and social media influencer Ibrahim Tusubira popularly known as Isma Olaxess has lost his life after he was fatally shot in Kyanja, a suburb of Kampala, yesterday.
Ibrahim who was also the Uganda Bloggers Association chairperson, on social media, was well-known for his contentious remarks and videos criticizing politicians.
He however focused on other things such as entertaining and informative videos on various topics, such as celebrity news, and social issues.
His death comes as a shock to many due to the nature of the execution.
In images and videos that have now gone viral on the internet, Ibrahim can be seen at the moment of the assault, sitting in the passenger seat of his car. In the gore images that we couldn't publish his lifeless body was seen covered in blood with a Subha around his neck and a Lakers jersey on.
Shortly after the shooting, a statement was posted on his Facebook page, Jajja Iculli1, informing his followers of the sad news. The statement read, “We regret to inform you that Jajja Iculi has been shot. More information will follow.”
According to Ugandan outlets they are reporting close sources indicate that the outspoken blogger was killed by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in the Kyanja area while on his way home.
A few minutes later another statement was posted on the page, confirming that Isma Olaxes had passed away.
The tragic incident occurred at around 9:20 PM on Saturday in Kyanja Central Zone, a suburb of Kampala.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesman Mr. Luke Owoyesigyire, reports suggest that an unidentified gunman armed with an SMG opened fire on Ibrahim’s vehicle, with him and his driver, Mr. Waswa Mathias, inside
He further stated that detectives at Kira Road division police station were investigating the attack.
An eyewitness described hearing three gunshots near Tusubira’s house, followed by people running and shouting outside. The witness expressed concern for their safety, given the recent shooting of Minister Charles Okello Engola in the same area.
“We really need Government support. They should provide us with enough security because we now don’t feel safe at all,” the witness said.
In response to public concerns, Mr. Luke Owoyesigyire urged residents to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities as they work to resolve the case swiftly.
He added that task teams had been dispatched to gather evidence and investigate the crime.
The Ugandan community has been thrown into mourning the loss of the prominent blogger and advocate for free expression.
President Yoweri Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga were among those who sent their condolences.