Security has said the second suspected shooter in the attempted murder of General Edward Katumba Wamala admitted to participating in a series of planned and highly sophisticated murders and aggravated robberies within the country.
Deputy IGP Maj Gen Paul Lokech identified the suspect as Wampa Huzaifa aka Kanaabe, a 30-year-old, former member of Boda Boda 2010.
He was the second shooter being ridden by Walusimbi Kamada alias MUDINKA alias OGEMA who was part of 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 Everest 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 bodyguard 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.
“Our focus now shifts to tracking down the overall coordinator of the domestic terror cells, a one SHEIKH ABU UBAIDA BADIR DIIN BUKENYA. He has been actively recruiting assailants and reactivating the terror cells. We have widely shared his photos and put out a reward of Ugx 5m, for 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 destabilizing 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 demonized 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,” Lokech noted.
He added: “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.”