Gen.Katumba Wamala Shooting: ‘Mastermind’ Arrested With 20M Reward On Information About Ring leader.
Written by Derrick Asaba on July 14, 2021
By Derrick Asaba
The Uganda Police Force has announced the arrest of yet another shooter in the attempted murder of General Edward Katumba Wamala and his bodyguard, Sgt Khalid Kuboit on June 1.
This was made known by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Paul Lokech in a Press release dated July 13 that gave an update on the ongoing crack down operations on domestic terrorism.
According to Lokech, the assailant is named Wampa Huzaifa also known as Kanaabe, 30, a former member of ‘BODABODA 2010’ who was the second shooter being ridden by Walusimbi Kamada alias Mudinka alias Ogema.
“He was tracked down and arrested on July 12 from his hide-out in Kikomeko village, near Kalule trading centre, Nakatonya Parish, Nyimbwa Sub-County, in Luwero district,” Lokech revealed.
Lokech further said that an immediate thorough search was conducted at his known premises, and the motorcycle Bajaj Boxer, red in colour registration number UEO 375D, that was used during the attack was recovered.
“Other exhibits recovered include the hood that he used to cover his head, an assortment of jackets, gloves, warm suits, and another motorcycle, Bajaj red in colour, registration number UDH 888V that was used in the surveillance of their targets,” said Lokech.
Lokech said that the arrested assailant, Kanaabe, admitted to participating in a series of planned and highly sophisticated murders and aggravated robberies within the country that led to the murder of 14 persons, the attempted murder of 3 people and 3 major aggravated robberies during his interrogation.
These include; the murder of Major Muhammad Kiguundu and his bodyguard Sgt. Stephen Mukasa in 2016; the late AIGP Andrew Felix, his bodyguard Cpl. Erau Kenneth and the driver Cpl. Godfrey Mambewa in 2017; the double murder of No.560 SPC Mubiru Hussein and No.169 SPC Kalungi Moses, and many other moves.
Lokech said that their focus is now shifted to tracking down the overall coordinator of the domestic terror cells, a one Sheikh Abu Ubaida Badir Diin Bukenya.
“He has been actively recruiting assailants and reactivating the terror cells. We have widely shared his photos and put out a reward of UGX 20M, for anyone with credible information that can lead to his arrest,” Lokecho said.
He cautioned the public to know that they are dealing with a very deadly and militant group and revealed that two of the police officers were seriously injured and still nursing wounds.
In the counter terror operations conducted by police, most of the suspects were violent and confrontational to the raids made on their hide-outs and during the recovery of the killer weapons and other exhibits from Nansana, Katooke, Matugga, Maganjo, Namuwongo and Kalule-Bombo.
The first suspected assassin identified as Hussein Lubwama alias Christopher Kinene alias Master was shot dead two weeks ago by security operatives who alleged that he was resisting arrest. Three other suspects are said to have been killed by security personnel.