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Former Ugandan army chief hospitalized after gun attack
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Former Ugandan army chief hospitalized after gun attack

Works and Transport minister Gen Katumba Wamala has been shot at on Kisota road, Kisaasi.

According to eye witnesses, two assailants came trailing Gen Katumba’s vehicle reg number H4DF 2138 before opening fire.

Gen Katumba is said to have been travelling with his daughter, who witnesses say died on spot, along with his driver.

Gen Katumba Wamala was travelling with his daughter pictured here Gen Katumba survived with bullets in his left arm and chest and by press time, he had been rushed to Malcom Clinic and later Nakasero Hospital.

Bullet cartridges could still be seen on the crime scene by press time, suggesting intense shooting.

The assailants proceeded through Kisaasi roundabout after their mission. Police is expected to address a presser shortly.

General Wamala was reportedly on his way to attend a vigil for his mother-in-law at the time of the shooting.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the shooting but promised to give more details later.

General Wamala has enjoyed a distinguished career. Before appointment as works minister by President Yoweri Museveni in December 2019, Wamala had served as the Chief of Defence Forces (2013-2017) in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).

Wamala was the first serving army officer to head the Uganda Police Force (2001-2005) as Inspector General of Police. He was lauded for revitalising the image of the police.

He is a fitness enthusiast who has been an active member of the Boy Scouts movement in Uganda for many years. He is involved in the Rotary society as well.