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Gen. Katumba Wamala attack: Police arrests suspected second shooter Kanaabe, overall coordinator still at large

By Hannah Marion Namukasa

Police have arrested the second suspected shooter WAMPA HUZAIFA alias Kanaabe, a 30-year-old, former member of BODABODA 2010, who was the second suspected shooter being ridden by Walusimbi Kamada alias MUDINKA alias OGEMA in the targeted attack, which led to the double murder of Nantongo Brenda, Kayondo Haruna and the attempted murder of General Edward Katumba Wamala and his bodyguard, Sgt Khalid Kuboit on the 1, june, 2021.

According to the statement released by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech, Kanaabe was tracked down and arrested on the 12.07.2021 from his hide-out in Kikomeko village, near Kalule Trading Centre, Nakatonya Parish, Nyimbwa Subcounty, in Luwero district.  An immediate thorough search was conducted at his known premises, and the motorcycle Bajaj Boxer, red in colour registration number UEO 375D, that was used during the attack was recovered.  Other relevant exhibits recovered include the hood that he used to cover his head, an assortment of jackets, gloves, warm suits, and another motorcycle, Bajaj red in colour, registration number UDH 888V that was used in the surveillance of their targets.

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“I wish to add that during the interrogation of “Kanaabe,” he admitted to participating in a series of planned and highly sophisticated murders and aggravated robberies within the country that led to the murder of 14 persons, the attempted murder of 3 people and 3 major aggravated robberies.  These include; the Murder of Major Muhammad Kiguundu and his bodyguard Sgt. Stephen Mukasa in 2016; the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his bodyguard Cpl. Erau Kenneth and the driver Cpl. Godfrey Mambewa in 2017; the double murder of No.560 SPC Mubiru Hussein and No. 169 SPC Kalungi Moses, and the attempted murder of Hakiza Evarest at Ntake Bakery, Kalerwe; the murder of Frank Anania, Bugembe Amim, Atukuru Jimmy and Abaho Frank at Nansana Cheap Hardware Stores, the murder of Okoth Button at City Supermarket, Mpererwe, and the most recent murder of Nantongo Brenda and Kayondo Haruna, and the attempted assassination of General Edward Katumba Wamala and his body guard Sgt Khalid Kuboit.  The aggravated robberies linked to the terror group are the Ntake Bakery in Kalerwe where they robbed Ugx 33m, in 2017; Nansana Cheap Stores where they allegedly robbed Ugx 300m, City Supermarket at Mpererwe where they robbed Ugx 2.2m and an additional 4.5m from a mobile money attendant.” Reads Lokech statement

Lokech says their focus has now shifted to tracking down the suspected overall coordinator of the domestic terror cells, a one SHEIKH ABU UBAIDA BADIR DIIN BUKENYA. Who he says has been actively recruiting assailants and reactivating the terror cells. Adding that his photos have been widely shared and the reward of Ugx 5m, still awaits any one with credible information that can lead to his arrest.

“The public should know that we are dealing with a very deadly and militant group.  In the counter terror operations that we conducted, most of the suspects were violent and confrontational, to the raids made on their hide-outs and during the recovery of the killer weapons, i.e. the two AK47 guns and a pistol and other relevant exhibits, from Nansana, Katooke, Matugga, Maganjo, Namuwongo and Kalule-Bombo.  Two of our officers who were seriously injured are still nursing wounds.

As you are all aware, such acts of attacks are aimed at destabilising the prevailing peace, safety and security in our country, by creating a sense of panic and fear among the public.  We want to thank the public for their overwhelming support.  For those who have criticized and demonised the police for our actions against the ruthless acts of violence by these terror groups, just know that you are encouraging them to repeat their brutal and unlawful acts.

Our counter-terror operations aimed at dismantling the terror cells continue.  We do fully support the resolute enforcement actions and commitment of the task team to their duties because countering threats of domestic terror and extremism, is much harder than what most people think.   However, our teams have showed that they have superior capacity.” Reads the statement in parts

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