In a family double tragedy, Gen. Katumba Wamala’s daughter will be laid to rest two days before the burial of his mother-in-law.
Brenda Nantongo was fatally wounded in a Tuesday morning gun attack on her father’s vehicle along Kisota road in Kisaasi, Kampala.
Katumba, who was one of the occupants of the car when the armed assailants opened fire, was also hit, but he survived. His driver was killed.
At the time of the shooting, Katumba and his daughter were reportedly coming from Najjanankumbi, headed for the family home in Najjera. They were from attending a vigil for Nantongo’s late grandmother (Katumba’s mother-in-law), Elizabeth Mukasa.
At the family home in Najjera, the final preparatory meeting for her burial was to be held.
But before they could reach their destination, the gunmen struck.
Katumba, with a bloodied shirt, was minutes after the shooting moved from the crime scene to a medical facility for emergency attention. First at Malcom Health Centre in Kisaasi, then to Medipal International Hospital.
Video footage showed him speaking later on his hospital bed, saying his daughter did nothing to deserve death.
Nantongo’s sister, Diana Katumba, told mourners at Katumba’s Najjera home that she will be interred Thursday (May 3, 2021) in Kikandwa, Mukono.
There will be a funeral service at Katumba’s home led by Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, and another one in Kikandwa, said Gaster Lule Ntake, who is chairing the funeral organising committee.
Nantongo’s grandmother Mukasa will be buried Saturday (May 5, 2021) in Bukomansimbi district.
Meanwhile, Katumba’s wife was left distraught by the tragedy in her family. Just as she was coming to terms with the death of her mother, then came that of her daughter – and worse, in the manner in which she died.
President Yoweri Muuseveni condemned Tuesday’s shooting.
He described the assailants as ‘pigs who do not value life’, and conveyed ‘condolences on the loss of the two Ugandans’.
‘I talked to Gen. Katumba twice on the phone. He is being well-managed. We shall defeat the criminals as we did in the past. We already have clues to those killers,’ said Museveni in a statement.
He added: ‘Besides, the new system of digital beacons on all vehicles and boda bodas will eliminate the misuse of vehicles and boda bodas to commit crimes.
‘I wish Gen. Katumba quick recovery. The bodyguard should not have shot in the air. He should have shot to kill. We could be having a dead terrorist instead of scaring away the terrorists. His shooting saved Gen. Katumba by scaring the criminals away.
‘However, killing one or more of the terrorists would have done the same and more.’