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Suspected Katumba shooters linked to 14 other murders

Gen Katumba Wamala shooting crime scene

Gen Katumba Wamala shooting crime scene

The eight suspects who were arrested in relation to the shooting of Works minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala have also been linked to 14 other previous murders.

Katumba survived an assassination attempt last month on June 1 along Kisota road in Kisasi, a Kampala suburb. The attack claimed the life of Katumba's daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Sgt Haruna Kayondo.

In the aftermath, the joint security team comprising personnel from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Crime Intelligence and Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce (JATT) supervised by deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Paul Lokech launched a hunt for the attackers.

Lokech said today in a statement said that they have now identified the 12th suspect Huzaifa Wampa alias Kanaabe, who has been pinned as the person who fired bullets on the left side of Katumba’s vehicle whilst riding on a motorcycle with his colleague, Kamada Walusimbi alias Mudinka who was charged last week.

Walusimbi was charged alongside four others; Muhammad Kagugube alias Musiramu/Mugisha/Mbavumoja, a boda boda rider and a resident of Kikaaya zone in Kawempe division, Siriman Ayuub Kisambira alias Mukwasi Koja, a resident of Kabaganda village in Kasangati town council, Abdulaziz Ramathan Dunku, a tailor/car seat repairer, resident of Matugga and Habib Marjan, a religious teacher.

Earlier on, security arraigned two suspects in court; Sheik Yusuf Siraji Nyanzi and Hussein Sserubula alias Imam Muto. This brings the number of alive suspects to eight and four deceased suspects Hussein Lubwama alias Master, Mustafa Ramadan Kawawa alias Amin, Idri Juma Sserwadda and Juma Saidi who were shot dead by security. 

Security says Wampa was arrested from a hideout near Kalule trading centre, in Luwero district yesterday. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga quoting Lokech, said Wampa is a member of the infamous Bodaboda 2010 which became synonymous with the grabbing motorcycle riders who were not their members, extorting money from their victims as well as subjecting them to excruciating torture.

“An immediate thorough search was conducted at his known premises, and the motorcycle Bajaj Boxer, red in colour, registration number UEO 375, which was used during the attack was recovered. Other relevant exhibits recovered include a hoodie that he used to cover his head, an assortment of jackets, gloves, and warm suits,” reads Lokech's statement.

According to Lokech, the suspects have also been linked to the murder of Maj Muhammad Kiggundu and his bodyguard Sgt Stephen Mukasa on November 26, 2016, at Masanafu trading centre in Lubaga division, and the killing of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi alongside his bodyguard Cpl Kenneth Erau and driver Cpl Godfrey Mambewa on March 17, 2017.

They are also linked to the shooting to death of SPC Hussein Mubiru and SPC Moses Karungi on September 18, 2017, at Kalerwe market, the robbery at Nansana Cheap General Hardware shop in Nansana where four people Frank Anania, Amim Bugembe, Jummy Atukuru and Frank Abaho were killed on May 29, 2019.

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