Reports coming in indicate that Gen Katumba Wamala’s daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo have both died after the car they were traveling in together with the Minister was shot at by unknown assailants this morning.
Gen Katumba Wamala who is the former Chief of Defense Forces of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and Transport and Works Minister whose car was shot at has been rushed to Medipal on John Babiiha road in Kololo with severe bullet wounds.
The traumatized and sobbing Gen. Katumba Wamala was rushed to Medipal on a boda boda.
On Tuesday morning, Gen Katumba Wamala had tweeted wishing Ugandans “a month of happiness, success, peace, prosperity, good health and wealth.”
His car would later on be shot at by unknown assailants as he left his home for Namasuba, for his mother in law’s virgil.
The shooting happened in Kisota —Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb on Tuesday morning.
Gen. Wamala was the commander of land forces in the UPDF from 2005 to 2013.
He also served as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force (UPF), the highest rank in that branch of Uganda’s government, from 2001 until 2005. Wamala was the first active UPDF soldier to serve as the head of the UPF.
Gen Wamala was an officer in the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) when the National Resistance Army (NRA) defeated the UNLA in 1986.
He transitioned into the NRA without incident.
Between 1999 and 2000, he was a student at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Between 2000 and 2001, at the rank of major general, he commanded the UPDF forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He was appointed IGP in 2001, serving in that capacity until 2005.
He was then promoted to lieutenant general and given the title of commander of land forces, based at Bombo Military Barracks, making him one of the highest senior officers in the Ugandan military.
In his role as commander of the land forces, he was closely engaged in the peace-keeping mission that the UPDF performs in Somalia, commonly referred to as AMISOM.
On 23 May 2013, he was promoted to the rank of four-star general and appointed chief of defence forces.
Katumba holds a certificate in agriculture. In 2007, he graduated from Nkumba University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and diplomacy. He also holds a Master’s degree of Science degree in strategic leadership from the United States Army War College.
He has military qualifications from the following military schools: Uganda Military Academy, Tanzania Military Academy, a military academy in the Soviet Union, Nigerian Command and Staff College, United States Army Command and General Staff College, and United States Army War College.