MAN HUNT ON FOR ASSASSINS AS DEPUTY IGP GEN.LOKECH EXPLAINS GEN. KATUMBA’S ATTEMPTED MURDER
A man- hunt is underway for the assassins who shot and injured Gen .Katumba Wamala and killed his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayongo. The Deputy IGP, Gen. Paul Lokech, explains what happened on the fateful day ;
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, 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 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.
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 to appeal for witnesses and anyone with surveillance videos to contact Kira Road Police on 0714667787/0714667789.
Paul Lokech cgsc (USA) ndc (RSA)
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