Gunmen fired bullets at a car carrying a Ugandan government minister in an assassination attempt Tuesday 1st June at around 9 AM, wounding the former army commander and killing his daughter and driver, according to an army spokeswoman and local media.
Four assassins on motorcycles opened gunfire on a vehicle carrying General Katumba Wamala, the minister of public works and transport, in the Kampala suburb of Kisasi, local television station NBS reported. Images floating around on social media depicted Wamala with his mouth open in apparent distress next to the car and his light-colored pants splattered with blood. The social media images also showed bullet holes in a window of the car and shell casings on the ground. “There was a shooting involving him … he is injured and he has been taken to hospital, his driver has been killed,” army spokeswoman Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso told Reuters.
“He was injured in both shoulders,” lawmaker Chris Baryomunsi told NBS. Wamala’s daughter, who was in the vehicle with him, was also fatally shot, NBS reported.
In recent years, several unresolved assassinations and mysterious deaths of senior officials in the East African country have fuelled speculation about the perpetrators and their motives.
The victims include a lawmaker, a high-ranking police officer, the country’s first attorney general, senior Muslim officials, and others. Almost all were committed by gunmen on motorcycles. The attack on Wamala took place in the same area of the capital where, in 2017, gunmen on motorcycles shot at a vehicle carrying a police officer. That police officer, Felix Kaweesa, was killed along with his bodyguard and driver.
Wamala is from Baganda, the country’s largest ethnic group. Shortly before the attack, Wamala told his followers on Twitter: “I wish you a month of happiness, success, peace, prosperity, good health, and wealth.