4 arrested over phonecalls made at time of Katumba shooting

Gen Katumba Wamala's vehicles was sprayed with bullets

Gen Katumba Wamala's vehicles was sprayed with bullets

Four people have reportedly been arrested by the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) over the repeated calls they allegedly made before, during and after the shooting of former chief of defence forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala.

Gen Katumba’s vehicle H4DF 2138 was riddled with 56 bullets on Tuesday at Kisaasi - Kisota, a suburb of Kampala, in an attack that claimed the life of his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo.

Katumba, who is also a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) and outgoing minister of Works and Transport, survived with two bullet wounds.

Sources have intimated to URN that two of the Closed Circuit Television cameras showed the alleged assailants speaking on phone as they fled the scene.

As a result, the intelligence teams secured printouts of all telephone calls made minutes before, during and after the attack. It is reported that out of the many calls made between 8:25 am and 9:15 am, four people were in constant contact.

“We resolved to get telephone print out of all nearby telecom masts. We noticed that four people were in constant communication at the time of the incident and we tracked the owners and arrested them,” a source said.

The source said JIC has detained the four suspects at Special Investigations Division (SID) in Kireka. The four suspects aside, sources have revealed that seven other people who were mostly witnesses of the shooting were picked and interrogated by both intelligence and operation teams.

“I can confirm that seven people were picked up by the joint intelligence network. I am not sure whether they have been released but they were interrogated by CMI. These people claimed to have seen everything as it unfolded including cars that surveyed the area,” the source said.

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