I vividly recall June 1, 2021, the day I survived an assassination attempt, and I will always do.
For starters, I should say, I am an active practitioner of humility and to those who understand it; this virtue commands us to be selfless, simple, listeners, and ready to accept others, no matter how powerful we are.
I have followed my self-set humility as a virtue to live a simple life, thriving on selfless service to Uganda despite holding offices that should have privileged me to build strong security rings around me. I have and I still love people and I believe that people should be loved because if you treat God’s creatures well, He rewards you miraculously.
I saw a miracle—God gave me a second chance to live. He chose to save me from death at least, at the hands of cruel assailants and it is not something I am taking for granted!
That day will be my lifetime memory because I lost my beloved daughter Brenda and my dedicated driver Haruna Kayondo to horrible murderers after losing my mother-in-law. My prayer to God is to continue resting their souls in peace.
Life was not easy during those difficult moments. I was in extreme pain – but I am grateful to God. I am a testimony that he is a savior. I am alive and not referred to as the late Katumba!
I thank the boda boda rider who retrieved me from the crime scene and took me to Malcom hospital. I thank the doctors who did their best to treat me. I appreciate the president for standing with me and being fatherly. The president was the first person to call while I was being stabilized at Malcom and he followed up with regular checks while in the USA.
I want to thank the Government of Uganda for covering all my treatment both locally and internationally. I can now use my arm 90%, courtesy of your support. I am very grateful to all Ugandans for taking care of me through the tempestuous moments of my life.
I thank my family both locally and abroad for supporting me morally and financially. Thank you for all your unending prayers. Lastly, I thank the people who looked after us during the difficult time of Covid-19, and importantly, thank you all for my prayers. I want to think that God depended on those prayers to say ‘let me preserve this guy so that he can continue serving his nation.’
After asking myself; who am I to go through hell and survive, I saw no other gift to give God than build his house. I find Corinthians 15:10 very accurate. It says; “but by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
Because I realized that I am a living witness that God can protect His people. I chose to give thanks to God for a second lease on life on June 5, 2022, at Kikandwa in Mukono district. After the thanksgiving service presided over by His Grace Dr Samuel Kazimba Mugalu, we held a groundbreaking ceremony and fundraised for building a new St Mark Kikandwa Church of Uganda.
It is on this occasion that I saw that people cherish my life through generously contributing funds to make my dream of building a new house of God a reality.
My special thanks to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja who represented H.E Yoweri Museveni, Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa who represented Speaker Anitah Among, my colleagues from the cabinet, members of parliament, heads of MDAs, my comrades in the armed forces, and the business community.
I appreciate Katikkiro Owek.Charles Peter Mayiga through Owek. Robert Wagwa Nsibirwa and all my friends from all walks of life who made contributions in all possible aspects to make the event fruitful.
In conclusion, many people have urged me to keep away from public life since the tragedy, but I have disagreed with them and committed myself to continue serving God and humanity.
And as it is written in Joshua 24:15 “…but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” I implore you to always show your gratitude to God by sowing a seed to Him. I can whisper to you that whenever you contribute to God’s work, however small it may be, if made in good faith, it multiplies.
The writer is the minister of Works and Transport