KAMPALA — Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Paul Lokech has assured the public that security teams are actively investigating the attempted assassination on the life of Transport Minister and former army commander, Gen Katumba Wamala.
The Tuesday morning along the Kisota –Kulambiro Road, Nakawa Division in the Kampala District 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.
Gen. Lokech identified the two deceased persons as Brenda Nantogo, a 26 year old daughter of Gen Katumba Wamala and Haruna Kayondo, a male adult and driver.
He said Gen Katumba Wamala sustained injuries to the arm and was rushed to Medipal International Hospital where his condition was stabilized while the fourth occupant, a bodyguard identified as SGT Khalid Koboyoit survived with no injuries.
Gen Lokech said this is the first major shooting since 2019.
Lokech said 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 located 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.
He said a team of experts from the directorate of CID and Forensic are thoroughly documenting the scene for traces of evidence.
At this stage, he added: “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”.
Lokech warned the assailants that they will be tracked and be prosecuted in the courts of law.
He also appealed for witnesses and anyone with surveillance videos to contact Kira Road Police on 0714667787/0714667789.