Where were Gen. Katumba Wamala’s Escorts?
The leadership of Uganda People’s Defense Forces are making inquiries to determine the whereabouts of the whereabouts of the body guards assigned to former CDF and Minister of Works and Transport, General Edward Katumba Wamala who survived an assassination this morning.
Two pairs of unidentified gunmen, riding on motorcycles intercepted Katumba Wamala’s vehicle registration number H4DF 2138 along Kisota road in Kisaasi and sprayed it with bullets killing his daughter, Brenda Wamala Nantongo 27, and driver, Haruna Kayondo on the spot, while the General escaped with injuries.
Gen. Katumba sustained two gunshot wounds in his shoulders and was rushed to Malcolm Hospital in Kisaasi for first aid before being transferred to Medipal hospital where he has since been kept under observation.
He later issued a video message indicating that he was doing well, and asked for prayers for his wife and entire family.
However, Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso the Spokesperson for UPDF/ Ministry of Defense and Veteran Affairs says they are wondering why at least three of the bodyguards assigned to Gen Wamala were not with him.
According to Byakwaso, as a former Chief of Defense Forces and by virtue of his rank, General Katumba Wamala must have not less than four body guards at any time.
However, eye witnesses at the scene said that the four-star general had only one escort who moved with him on the motorcycle to Malcom Hospital for first aid when the time the unfortunate incident occurred.
The army spokesperson notes that as the army, they cannot yet tell why the rest of his escorts were not with him and it is only Katumba Wamala who can explain why at that particular time he chose to move with only one.
People who have known Katumba Wamala for long say he is not a man who is used to moving with escorts and convoys. It remains unclear if the General had asked the escorts not to move with him.