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The police announced they had identified two suspects involved in the gruesome incident. FILE PHOTO

In Nakawa, the Chief Magistrate Court has charged and detained two men suspected of being‌ ‌behind‌ ‌the‌ ‌double‌ ‌murder‌ ‌of‌ ‌Nantogo‌ ‌Brenda‌ ‌and‌ ‌Haruna‌ ‌Kayondo‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌attempted‌ ‌murder‌ ‌of‌ ‌Gen‌ ‌Katumba‌ ‌Wamala‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌bodyguard‌ ‌Sgt‌ ‌Khalid‌ ‌Koboyoit.

The Chief Magistrate Court in Nakawa has charged and detained two suspects reported to have been behind the double murder of Nantogo Brenda and Haruna Kayondo and the attempted murder of Gen Katumba Wamala and his bodyguard Sgt Khalid Koboyoit.

On June 01 social media was awakened by the news that assassins riding on boda bodas had aimed bullets at Gen Katumba Wamala’s vehicle killing his daughter and driver.

Following a round of investigations, the police earlier on announced that they had identified two suspects reported to have been behind the gruesome incident.

In a reference to a statement dated June 28, the police indicated that the two suspects identified as Ssembuba Husein Ismail and Nyanzi Yusufu Siraji have been charged with two separate counts of murder and two accounts of attempted murder.  

“The two- Ssembuba Husein Ismail and Nyanzi Yusufu Siraji , are charged with two seperate counts of murder and two accounts of attempted murder. The duo have been remanded to Kitalya Prison till 3.08.2021,” part of the statement read.

Gen.Katumba shooting incident

On June 01, a group of gunmen reportedly riding on boda bodas attacked and wounded the transport Minister killing his daughter and driver. Close sources said men on motorbikes fired several shots at his vehicle. 

Footage from the scene of the attack showed bullet holes in the back window and sides of a vehicle.

His assassination is, however, not new. Many similar incidents have happened in the past without forgetting the most recent one in 2018 that took the life of the former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga who was shot dead alongside his brother in Kawanda, Wakiso District in the central region of Uganda.

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The police announced they had identified two suspects involved in the gruesome incident. FILE PHOTO

Others to fall victim to similar assassinations included the former Police Spokesman and Assistant Inspector-General Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was shot dead on March 17, 2017

He was killed in a brazen attack alongside his driver and bodyguard Kenneth Erau. The incident occurred just a few yards from his home in Kampala.

In 2015, Joan Kagezi, a Ugandan State prosecutor and assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, was also shot dead by riders on motorbikes. 

Famous for prosecuting the 2010 World Cup bombers in Kampala, Ms Kagezi was targeted by riders who pursued her in a car she was riding in with her children. 

The case is still under investigation.