The outgoing Minister of Works and Transport Gen Katumba Wamala Gen Katumba Wamala has narrated his ordeal about yesterday’s attempt on his life.
Gen Katumba was yesterday shot at by unknown gunmen who were riding on motor bikes along Kisota road in Kisaasi. The incident left both his daughter Brenda Nantongo Wamala and his driver Kayondo Haruna dead.
The former Inspector General of Police (IGP) said he has no clue about the motive of the attack. He is currently receiving Medical attention at Medipal International Hospital.
He said while driving in the morning with his daughter, bodyguard and driver heading to my mother-in-law’s vigil, some terrorists tried to assassinate him.
”I survived, but my dear daughter Brenda Nantongo Katumba and my driver Kayondo Haruna died at the crime scene. I have no clue about the motive of this attack. There was no reason to end the lives of these innocent people. May their souls rest in peace,” he said.
“My injuries are not alarming. I had surgery last evening, and one of the bullets was removed. However, because of how the other bullet affected my arteries, it was not removed, and the doctors will advise on the way forward.”
He applauded the Commander in Chief, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, for the care he has shown him and His phone calls are some of the reasons he is still fighting on.
“I would like in a special way to thank the boda-boda man who forced me on his boda so that I can go and get first aid. In the same spirit, I would thank Malcolm Healthcare Kisasi for everything they did to stop the bleeding. That first aid helped so much,” he said.
He lauded his escort, Sgt. Khalid Koboyoit for evacuating him from the crime scene as fast as he did and for shooting back at the terrorists. “Things could have been worse. I want to thank Medipal International Hospital for the care they are giving Me,” he applauded.
“I extend thanks to Bishop Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu and Pastor Robert Kayanja Ministries for personally reaching out and coming to pray for me at the hospital. Thank you and May God bless you. I thank the Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Deputy Speaker, CDF Gen Muhoozi, and Maj. Gen Paul Lokech among other colleagues in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces for reaching out (to the hospital and the crime scene) as fast as possible. I thank Lt. General Proscovia Nalweyiso in a special way.”
“I thank my friends and colleagues in Parliament, former Ministers, PS, staff and friends from Ministry of Works and Transport, URA Commissioner General, UNRA staff, friends in the diaspora, Rotarians, especially Rotary Kampala Ssese, for the condolence and get well soon messages. I appreciate all of you,” he said.
“Lastly, I want to thank all Ugandans for the love and messages you have been sending my way. I promise to keep fighting for my life. I pray that one day soon, the terrorists that tried to assassinate me and took the lives of my daughter Brenda and driver Haruna will be brought to book.”