Uganda’s former Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala on Tuesday morning survived a scary assassination attempt on his life after a group of gunmen opened fire on his vehicle.
His daughter Brenda Wamala Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo were killed in the attack.
The three were driving to Kampala in a vehicle with military plates when they were intercepted by four gunmen on motorcycles who showered bullets at the car before fleeing the scene, witnesses said.
Reports indicate that Gen Katumba and his daughter were heading for the burial of their close relative in Najjanankumbi along Entebbe road.
The unknown assailants are believed to have been riding motorcycles that approached the minister’s car in a busy street and shot at least seven times.
Ugandans reacted with shock to the apparent assassination attempt that will raise fears of insecurity in this East African country that has seen similar attacks in recent years.
A video that later circulated on social media showed Katumba in total distress outside an SUV, with his light-coloured trousers splattered with blood.
Social media images also showed bullet holes in a car window and casings on the ground.
It took the help of a group of boda boda riders near the scene who thought quickly and helped rush General Katumba to the hospital.
Here is the footage below that captured the potential life-saving moment.
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