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Maj. Gen Paul Lokech: Attackers on Gen Katumba Wamala was a wake-up call to all security organs

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Maj. Gen Paul Lokech has revealed that the attack on Gen Katumba Wamala was a wake-up call to all security organs.

Gen. Katumba Wamala was 1st June 2021 shot at by unknown gunmen who were riding on motor bikes along Kisaasi-Kulambiro- Bukoto road. The shootout led to the death of his daughter Brenda Wamala and their driver.

Lokech said the teams on foot, motorcycle squads and 999 patrols were not alert and this affected their response in countering the assailants, making cut-off points to confine them within the locality for arrest and adequately securing the scene of crime and its surrounding.

“As security we took effort to diagnose the security failures in the prevention of the attack, by the hostile actors. For instance, the assailants spent about 55 minutes in the Kisaasi-Kulambiro- Bukoto area, after the attack. ”he said

“We have so far received a number of descriptions of the suspects, but will not be releasing any details for the time being. The task team is conducting very objective and thorough investigations. We shall have more to say when the investigations reveal what exactly happened.” he said

He said police have firmly reviewed the incident and come up with a very robust program to counter and detect surveillance on such hostile actors to purposely deny them opportunity to attack again. “All our standby teams, mobile squads, advance teams, 999 patrols, motorcycle squads and other security elements must be extra vigilant and effectively coordinate their duties fully.”

He assured the public and the country at large that police are doing everything within its means to find the perpetrators of the attack. “Whoever was involved in the planning, preparation and execution of the double murder and attempted assassination will be tracked down and arrested.” he added

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