Sergeant Hassan Kayondo, 38, the driver of Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the ex-Minister for Works and Transport, was laid to rest in Lugando village, Bigasa sub-county, Bukomansimbi District on Friday.
Kayondo died in the line of duty on Tuesday morning in a shootout that left Gen. Katumba injured and his daughter Brenda Wamala Nantongo dead.
They were heading for the burial of the General’s mother–in–law when unknown assailants attacked and opened fire on their car on Kisota Road, Kisaasi in Kampala.
At Kayondo’s burial a gun salute was given to him in honour of his bravery as fellow soldiers called him a hero. The widow Irene Achan says that Kayondo was a kind man, a good husband and a good friend. She thanked the residents, UPDF and all mourners for accompanying them during the trying times.
Gen. Katumba did not attend Kayondo’s funeral since he was handling one for his mother-in-law’s who passed away before the shooting incident.
According to Brigadier Deo Sande, the Commander of Armoured Brigade Unit-Masaka, who represented the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), Kayondo joined the army in 2002 and served for 19 years after adding that he went through the ranks to become Sergeant.
Sande further wonders why the UPDF officers are being targeted yet they have put their life on the line to serve and protect Ugandans by bringing peace and stability in the country.
He further appealed to all leaders in different capacities to fight for the men and women in the forces as they have always done for ordinary civilians because their life is also at stake. Sande made it clear that although they are being threatened, they will not give up on pursuing the criminals and protecting Ugandans because it’s our mandate.
However, Sheik Muhammad Wasswa Ssemakadde, the Bukomansimbi District Khadi, attributes the ongoing killings to curses of all Ugandans who are arrested, incriminated, tortured and innocently charged due to sloppy investigations.
He explains that several people have been arrested without any crime and are still languishing in prison at the expense of their own government. About what and who is killing the soldiers, Ssemakadde told Brig. Sande that it is within the security circles since it is the security organs that handle the guns and not the civilians. He adds that the attacks have not stopped on Kayondo and Nantongo and they may continue in case nothing is done about it and warned the public to be alert.
Dr. Christine Ndiwalana, the Bukomansimbi North MP, appealed to the government to investigate the matter and arrest the right criminals and present a report to the citizens. She adds that several security operatives wear plain clothes which confuse the public when it comes to differentiating genuine officers from criminals.
She tasked the security organs to introduce their people to the local leaders to avoid confusion.
Veronica Nanyondo, the Bukomansimbi Woman MP, says that the reports into the previous related killings should be produced in order to remove doubt in the state security organs. She appealed to President to spot and arrest the right pigs (criminals) and bring them to justice.