Museveni on the ‌Gen‌ ‌Katumba‌ ‌shootings 2
The President of Uganda has referred to those who attacked and fired bullets at Gen Wamala's car as pigs who do not care about human life. PHOTO/TWITTER

Yoweri Museveni recently called the assailants who shot at Gen Katumba Wamala’s car pigs who don’t‌ ‌value‌ ‌life.

President Yoweri Museveni has described the assailants who attacked and aimed bullets at Gen Katumba Wamala’s car as pigs who do not value life.

Museveni made the remarks via his social media handle shortly after the devastating news. He said the shooting was similar to the many others that have been happening in recent years but promised that they will defeat the criminals. 

The pigs who do not value life shot at Gen. Katumba killed his daughter and driver and injured him. Condolences on the loss of the two Ugandans. I talked to Gen. Katumba twice on the phone. He is being well-managed,” Museveni said.

“We shall defeat the criminals as we did in the past. We already have clues to those killers. Besides, the new system of digital beacons on all vehicles and Boda Bodas will eliminate the misuse of vehicles and Boda Bodas to commit crimes.”

In addition, he suggested that Katumba’s bodyguard instead of shooting up in the air should have shot to kill the assailants. He said this would have paid for the loss of the two innocent souls.

“I wish Gen. Katumba a quick recovery. The bodyguard should not have shot in the air. He should have shot to kill. We could be having a dead terrorist instead of scaring away the terrorists. His shooting saved Gen. Katumba by scaring the criminals away. However, killing one or more of the terrorists would have done the same and more,” Museveni added.

Meanwhile, in the news that made rounds on Monday, the former Works and Transport minister was reportedly shot in the shoulders in an attack that left his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo dead.

The shooting which many deemed was targetted occurred at around 8:47 am- 8-58am along the Kisota –Kulambiro Road, Nakawa Division in the Kampala District.

In the latest statement, the police indicated that the assailants who were four in number were riding on two motorcycles with concealed number plates and they followed Katumba’s vehicle from the time it left his home in Najeera.

According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Paul Lokech, Katumba only sustained injuries which he is since recovering from while the fourth occupant, his bodyguard identified as SGT Khalid Koboyoit survived with no injuries.

Gen Lokech however, revealed that they have embarked on investigations to determine the assassins behind the devastating scene.

“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 location 4 Kms away along the Kisota –Kulambiro road,” Gen Lokech said.

“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.”