A joint security task team has started investigations on the incident which claimed the life of gen. Katumba’s daughter and his driver.
Works and Transport minister General Katumba Wamala survived an attempted assassination today 1/06/2021 morning at Kisota Road, an incident which claimed his daughter, Brenda together with the driver life.
Accordingly to eye witnesses, two assailants came trailing Gen Katumba’s vehicle reg number H4DF 2138 before opening fire and the two died on spot where as Gen. Katumba was rushed to Malcom Clinic and later Nakasero Hospital.
According to the source at the hospital, doctors attending to Gen Katumba had a short briefing with the army and president Museveni’s representatives at the facility, confirming that the former Minister of Works is not in a worrying state. However, a joint security task team has actively stated the investigations upon the matter.
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“A joint security task team is actively investigating a targeted drive by shooting which occurred on the 1/06/2021, at around 8:47am- 8-58am along the Kisota –Kulambiro Road, Nakawa Division in the Kampala District; which claimed the lives of two victims and seriously injured a third, who were part of the occupants in a Toyota Land Cruiser under Reg No.H4DF2138.
“The two deceased persons have been identified as Nantogo Brenda, a 26 year old female adult and daughter of Gen Katumba Wamala and Kayondo Haruna, a male adult and driver. The third victim, Gen Katumba Wamala sustained injuries to the arm and was rushed to Medipal International Hospital where his condition was stabilized. The fourth occupant, a bodyguard identified as SGT Khalid Koboyoit survived with no injuries.
“This is the first major shooting since 2019 and we strongly believe it was a targeted and not random incident. The assailants trailed the motor vehicle as it left the home of Gen Katumba Wamala at Bulabira – Najeera, until when they reached at a remote location 4 Kms away along the Kisota –Kulambiro road. The assailants who were 4 in number were riding on two motorcycles with concealed number plates, pulled up next to Gen Katumba Wamala’s car and shot several bullets that instantly killed Nantogo Brenda and Haruna Kayondo.
“A team of experts from the directorate of CID and Forensic are thoroughly documenting the scene for traces of evidence. At this stage we attribute the shooting to 4 armed assailants, who managed to escape from the scene. The exact motivation towards the targeted shooting is not yet established.
“We consider such attacks as a form of organized crime, with a potential of extremism, aimed at undermining the prevailing stability. We are however, confident that we shall identify the suspects and take very resolute enforcement action against them in accordance with the law. And further warn those individuals and groups already drawn into these acts of terrorism, that we shall definitely track them down for further prosecution in the courts of law.
“We continue to appeal for witnesses and anyone with surveillance videos to contact Kira Road Police on 0714667787/0714667789. We have also uploaoded video footages to help identify the assailants.
Any new developments will be availed in due course.”
Paul Lokech cgsc (USA) ndc (RSA)
Deputy Inspector General of Police