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Gen Katumba's daughter laid to rest

Brenda Wamala Nantongo's casket

Brenda Wamala Nantongo's casket

Brenda Wamala Nantongo, the daughter of Gen Katumba Wamala has been laid to rest at the family’s ancestral home in Kikandwa, Kasawo town council in Mukono district.

Nantongo was shot dead on Tuesday morning by unidentified gunmen who intercepted her father's vehicle, registration number H4DF 2138 along Kisota road in Kisaasi, and sprayed it with at least 56 bullets. Katumba’s driver Haruna Kayondo was also killed in the assassination attempt aimed at killing his boss. 

Nantogo's burial was attended by several mourners who included religious leaders, former ministers, and security personnel. The deceased’s mother, Catherine Wamala told mourners that her daughter died at a time when she was looking forward to her wedding. 

Catherine also asked the chief of defence forces (CDF) David Muhoozi to heighten Katumba’s security. At the time of the shooting, Katumba had only one guard who reportedly fought off the assailants and saved Katumba's life. On the day of the shooting, according to government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, Katumba had sent away his other guards for another unspecified assignment. Earlier, he also reportedly rejected the government's lead car, arguing that it would be too expensive for government to maintain. 

Katumba's sister Margret Kanyali noted that her brother’s attackers could have been jealous of his achievements and rise in the military. She said if it's Katumba's positions in government and army that the attackers want, they can take them in exchange for his life. Katumba previously served as police, CDF and is the outgoing minister of Works and Transport. 

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu who presided over the requiem mass and the Mufti of Uganda Sheik Shaban Ramathan Mubajje who represented the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda prayed for security forces and requested them to ensure justice to families of those that have been killed. 

CDF Muhoozi assured the mourners that, unlike other high profile killings where investigations and reports have delayed, this time, the investigation into Katumba‘s shooting will be thorough and detailed about the incident will be released on time.

Katumba thanked the mourners and other Ugandans for showing love to the family. He says that he was overwhelmed by the sympathies he received and support following the incident. Earlier, Katumba said he couldn't point to any reason why he was attacked because he was a good person. 

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