By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Members of Parliament have tasked the President to clean up the security following the shooting of former Works Minister Gen Katumba who narrowly survived being assassinated on Tuesday morning.
Unidentified gunmen shot Katumba’s daughter Brenda Wamala Nantongo, a 27-year-old, and the driver Haruna Kayondo who died on spot.
The gunmen intercepted General Katumba along Kisota road in Kisaasi in his vehicle, however, Katumba sustained gunshot injuries on both shoulders.
Following this deadly incident and the previous similar killings, Manjia County MP John Baptist Nambeshe who also doubles as the Opposition Chief Whip said the President should clean up the security in its entirety and protect the lives of Ugandans.
According to Nambeshe, there have been limited efforts by the government to improve the security situation in the country and the government has not lived up to its mandate to protect the citizens.
”How Can a high-profiled general like Katumba move without his security detail?, we have had the same incidents several times and nothing has been done to stop these killings” Nambeshe said.
In the same vein, Kampala Woman MP Shamim Malende noted that government must fast-track the investigations into the shootings of prominent people. She also said that security personnel should investigate civilians who have weapons in their hands.
The Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa said the attempt on Gen Katumba is unfortunate since he has not been in any sort of controversy. He also said the CCTV camera coverage needs to increase adding that there is a need for sharpshooters that were once provided to leaders but it is key to secure every Uganda.
On March 17th, 2017 unknown gunmen shot dead the former police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard, Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa.
Kaweesi’s assassination followed the murder of former State prosecutor Joan Kagezi in 2015, and Major Muhammad Kiggundu in 2016 in a similar manner.
In June 2018, unidentified assailants also gunned down Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga and later Mohammed Kirumira who was also killed in the same manner.
In 2018, President Museveni rolled out a 7-point security plan to end the assassination and rising gun violence, particularly in urban areas and some of the plans included the installation of CCTV cameras, gun fingerprinting, deployment of Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel, introducing electronic plates, ban on hoods and use of drones among others.