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One year later; Gen. Katumba shooters still at large

A year ago in the early morning hours like this, the country was enveloped by the tragic news of an attempted assassination of then Minister for works and transport Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala.

The failed ploy occured in the low income suburb of Kulambiro, a few kilometers away from his residence. The shootings claimed the life of his daughter Brenda Nantongo and his driver sergeant Haruna Kayondo

Police immediately linked the assassination attempt to the notorious ADF group and immediately launched investigations and carried out several arrests and on- site killing of suspects under late the commandeership of then Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Paul Lokech (RIP).

At the time of the shooting, Gen. Katumba was on his way to attend a vigil of his mother in law at Namasuba, Entebbe Road, Kampala. He did not have the required security detail accorded to a general of his rank, an issue fully explained by then UPDF spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso.

Forensic experts examined the catridges and remains of the bullet shells and ruled that the rifles used were sub machine gun weapons used by the elite Special Forces Command and the Counter Terrorism Police Unit.

A year into the attempted assassination, Gen. Katumba who had pledged to pursue the culprits to-date remains silent about how far he has reached. He has not given any public statement in regard to the shootings neither has he shared an update about his investigations.

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