Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen Paul Lokech

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen Paul Lokech has revealed that assailants spent 55 minutes in the Kisaasi-Kulambiro- Bukoto area after attacking the former Minister of Works and Transport Gen. Katumba Wamala.

Gen Katumba was last week 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.

Speaking at police headquarters, Lokech said the attack on Gen Wamala, was a wake-up call to police and other relevant security agencies. “As security we took effort to diagnose the security failures in the prevention of the attack, by the hostile actors.”

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“Our teams on foot, motorcycle squads and 999 patrols were not alert. This affected our response in countering the assailants, making cut-off points to confine them within the locality for arrest and adequately securing the scene of crime and its surrounding,” he said.

He said that police have firmly reviewed the incident and come up with a very robust program to counter and detect surveillance on such hostile actors to purposely deny them opportunity to attack again.

“I want to assure the public and the country at large that we are doing absolutely everything within our means, to find the perpetrators of the attack. Whoever was involved in the planning, preparation and execution of the double murder and attempted assassination will be tracked down and arrested.”

He said so far received a number of descriptions of the suspects, but they will not be releasing any details for the time being. “The task team is conducting very objective and thorough investigations. We shall have more to say when the investigations reveal what exactly happened.”