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Uganda’s transport minister shot by unknown gunmen in assassination attempt

Gunmen attacked and sprayed bullets at a car carrying Ugandan government’s Transport Minister General Katumba Wamala on Tuesday morning, killing his daughter and driver on the spot.

“He(Wamala) sustained injuries in both shoulders,” lawmaker Chris Baryomunsi told NBS.

The assailants ambushed the former army chief’s car near his home in the suburbs of Uganda’s capital Kampala, military spokesperson Flavia Byekwaso told Reuters.

The Daily Monitor says Wamalwa and his daughter were on their way to attend a close relative’s burial along Entebbe road when their car was attacked.

Images circulated on social media showed Wamala lying in distress besides the car with his trousers splattered with blood. More images showed the ill-fated car with bullet-torn holes on the windows and casings on the scene.

A photo showing bullet holes in the back window of the car that was attacked carrying Gen Wamala. PHOTO/COURTESY

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen were four in number and were riding on a motorcycle.

Wamala sustained non-life-threatening shoulder injuries during the attack and was rushed to Malcolm Clinic before being transferred to Medipal Hospital in Kampala for further treatment.

The Ex-Chief of Defence Forces in Uganda has served as Minister of Works and Transport since December 2019.

Uganda has been on the spot for assassinations and mysterious deaths of politicians in recent years, fueling speculations of perpetration in the country’s political space.

Recent attacks have involved a lawmaker, senior police officer, senior Muslim leaders, and the country’s top public prosecutor.

In 2017, shooters on motorcycles opened fire at a vehicle carrying Felix Kaweesa, a then senior police officer, killing him alongside his driver and bodyguard.

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