In the early hours of Wednesday, December 30, 2020, unknown assailants opened fire on his family as they were sleeping in their home in Bwaise, which is located in the Kampala neighborhood of Bwaise.
Isaac Zebra Ssenyange, a professional boxer, was one of the most well-known figures in the world of sports when he was taken from this world by the Angel of Death.
Ssenyange, age 39, who was well-known within the boxing community by the ring name Mando, passed away in a very horrible manner.
During the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 30, 2020, unidentified assailants opened fire on his family’s home in Bwaise, which is located in the vicinity of Eden Service Park and is a suburb of Kampala, the nation’s capital.
David Kalyango, a sports journalist who works for Record Media, arrived at the scene of the shooting two hours after the incident took place. However, by the time he arrived, the body had already been sent to Mulago Hospital for postmortem examinations.
“This is a very unfortunate time. Mourners have gathered at the residence of the dead to express their condolences. The wife has stated that the intruders (the gunman) first rapped on the door before the victims opened it and the shooting was carried out. When I arrived, the deceased had already been transported to the hospital by ambulance. According to what Kalyango shared, “This is a really painful time for the family, the boxing family, and the sports fraternity at large.”
Ssenyange was a notable figure in the super heavyweight fights before he passed from the amateur ranks and became a full-fledged professional. During his time with The Bombers, Ssenyange served as the captain of the national team.
The fact that he led the Bombers to victory at the 10th All Africa Games, which were held in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011, is what people remember him for the most.
Before turning professional in 2012 and making his debut against Kenya’s Patrick Amote, he had a fifteen-year amateur career that was highlighted by 195 victories and 19 losses.
At the time of his passing, Ssenyange was employed by the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) as the in-charge of general tasks, and he was also the coordinator of his own Zebra Boxing Club. Sadly, he was killed in a boxing match.
Isaac Ssenyange Junior is the only kid and spouse he leaves behind. His widow’s name is Mercy Ssenyange.
As the investigations to capture the ruthless attackers get on right away, the arrangements for the burial have not been made public at this time.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni has apologized for the death of the national boxing team leader.
Mando was gunned and slain at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday by unidentified assailants a few meters from his residence in St Francis Zone, Bwaise III Parish, Kawempe division.
In his Thursday New Year’s greeting, the President expressed his condolences for the passing of the boxer, who was also a staunch mobilizer for the ruling NRM party.
“Before I present the triumphs and challenges of the year, I would like to begin on a sad note regarding the death of Zebra Ssenyange, whom I was scheduled to meet in a few days,” remarked Museveni on Thursday evening.
“I expressly chose to take on his case, and so far I’ve discovered that he was slain by security people. Sincere apologies for the inconvenience. I shall share my results with the family in their entirety. Sincere apologies
The President added that although he did not know the deceased fighter personally, he was a strong supporter of the ruling party in Bwaise, where he resided prior to his death.
Museveni acknowledged that the deceased, who was scheduled to meet him, was murdered by security forces conducting an operation, but he stated that his own investigations into the gruesome murder are still proceeding to uncover the facts.
“I continue to investigate the contributing factors to this catastrophe. There was information that this unhappy young man (Ssenyange) was training boxers who would eventually be deployed to attack bystanders. I learned that some of the kids he coached were involved in a dispute over a taxi stand in that region,” Museveni explained.
“Security personnel had gone to question Zebra once they had taken him into custody. At 12:03 a.m., they knocked on the door of his residence, but no one answered. Instead of remaining in the living room, the zebra moved behind the home. Apparently, he scaled the fence and departed for some distance.”
Museveni said that Ssenyange’s wife and the kid had cooperated with security when they were forced to open the door, but that the deceased had been shot by another group of troops who had stayed outside the gate during the military operation.
“He proceeded some distance away and collided with the other persons, and that is the controversy I wish to resolve,” the author writes. According to soldiers, he resisted and attempted to assault them when he was halted. He died after being shot twice.
Museveni stated that the former boxer had been slain during a military operation.
“I deeply regret the situation. I’ve spoken with my wife and kid and will research the entire case before informing my family and the nation.”
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