Katumba, who is still in hospital, said that “some terrorists” attacked him while heading to his mother-in-law’s vigil. The attack led to the death of his daughter and bodyguard.
“I survived, but my dear daughter Brenda Nantongo Katumba and my driver Kayondo Haruna died at the crime scene. There was no reason to end the lives of these innocent people. May their souls rest in peace,” said the Minister in a lengthy Twitter statement.
Katumba says that his injuries are not alarming. He had surgery last evening, and one of the two bullets lodged into his body was removed. However, because of how the other bullet affected “my arteries, it was not removed, and the doctors will advise on the way forward.”
Museveni phone call to Minister
The minister thanked President Yoweri Museveni for the care he has shown to him. “His phone calls are some of the reasons I am still fighting on.”
“I would like in a special way to thank the boda boda man who forced me on his boda so that I can go and get first aid. In the same spirit, I would thank Malcolm Healthcare Kisasi for everything they did to stop the bleeding. That first aid helped so much,” he adds.
During the Tuesday attack, the killers reportedly sprayed bullets on his Toyota Land Cruiser Reg. No. H4DF 2138 from his home at Bulabira in Najeera to Kisota Road in Kulambiro where they intercepted them.
The suspects allegedly carried out the assassination attempt in three motorcycles, with concealed number plates, wearing masks to conceal identity. They allegedly attacked from the right side.
Ugandan minister survives attack, bullet still lodged in his body
Katumba, who suffered gun shot wounds, among other injuries on his left and right arms, said that his condition was stabilized, although under observation after surgery last night.
“My injuries are not alarming. I had surgery last evening, and one of the bullets was removed. However, because of how the other bullet affected my arteries, it was not removed, and the doctors will advise on the way forward,” Katumba explained.
One of his bodyguards, Sgt. Khalid Koboyoit, allegedly managed to shoot at one of the criminals in the leg, although he managed to escape. Reports indicate that President Yoweri Museveni’s security detail had clues about the killers, whose details are yet to be revealed.
“Allow me to thank my escort, Sgt. Khalid Koboyoit for evacuating me from the crime scene as fast as he did and for shooting back at the terrorists. Things could have been worse,” Katumba said.
A boda boda rider reportedly saved the General’s life, by riding him off to Malcolm Clinic in Kisaasi, Kampala, where he was later transferred to Medipal International Hospital in Kololo where he is currently admitted.
“I would like in a special way to thank the boda boda man who forced me on his boda so that I can go and get first aid. In the same spirit, I would thank Malcolm Healthcare Kisasi for everything they did to stop the bleeding. That first aid helped so much,” Katumba said.
While also thanking various government officials, religious leaders and citizens for their support, Katumba expressed his desire for the perpetratots to face their deserved punishment.
“I pray that one day soon, the terrorists that tried to assassinate me and took the lives of my daughter Brenda and driver Haruna will be brought to book. For God and my Country,” Katumba said.