By Ivan Mwine
Five people suspected to have had a connection in the Gen. Katumba Wamala’s shooting last month, which left his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Sgt. Haruna Kayondo dead, have today been arraigned before the Chief Magistrates Court in Nakawa for mention of their charges.
The number of suspects in the shooting that occurred on June 1st, 2021 in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb now rises to 7 following the two, among them Ssembula Hussein Ismail alias Imamu Muto and Nyanzi Yusufu Siraje, who were remanded to Kitalya Prison last month.
A statement from the police about these new arrests issued Thursday July 08, 2021 reads in part thus;
“Today, 8/07/2021, an additional 5 suspects, highly connected to the targeted shooting that caused the double murder of Nantongo Brenda Katumba and SGT Haruna Kayondo and the attempted murder of Gen Katumba Wamala and SGT Khalid Kuboit, have appeared before the Chief Magistrate Court in Nakawa.
They include; Kagugube Muhammad alias Musiramu alias Mugisha alias Mbavumoja, a 30 year old bodaboda rider of Kikaya, Kanyanya, Kawempe Division, Kampala District;
Walusimbi Kamada alias MUDINKA, a 25 year old bodaboda rider, of Nabweru Zone II Kawempe Division, Wakiso District;
Walusimbi Siriman Ayub alias Mukwasi Koja a 42 year old, peasant of Kabaganda Village, Kasangati T/C,Wakiso District;
Abdulaziz Ramathan Dunku, a 46 year old Tailor and resident of Matuga, Wakiso District and Habib Ramathan Marjan a 50 year old teacher and resident of Lusanja.”
He added that; “This now brings the number of accused persons to 7, including Ssembula Hussein Ismail alias Imamu Muto, a 38 year old bodaboda rider of Nakuwade Village, Wakiso District and Nyanzi Yusufu Siraje a 46 year old herbalist and resident of Kyanja Village, all charged with one count of Terrorism, two counts of murder of Nantogo Brenda Katumba and SGT Haruna Kayondo and two counts of attempted murder of Gen Katumba Wamala and Sgt. Khalid Kuboit. You will be updated accordingly in case of any new developments .”
Gunmen on June 1st, 2021 opened fire at a car carrying Gen. Katumba, who is also the minister for transport and Works, in an attempted assassination on which left the former army commander wounded, while his daughter and driver died on spot.
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the attack, blaming it on criminals, terrorists and “pigs who do not value life”.
In a Twitter post, he said that authorities already had clues in the case, and the criminals responsible would be defeated.
Since then investigations have been going on, which have seen 7 suspects arrested, while four others were shot dead.
More details about this matter coming your way soon.
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