Uganda Transport Minister Katumba Wamala undergoes successful operation after assassination attempt
Ugandan Minister for Works and Transport General Katumba Wamala who escaped an attempted assassination on Tuesday is out of danger.
General Wamala, a former army commander, underwent a successful operation to remove one of the bullets lodged in his body.
Doctors could however not remove a second bullet as it had affected his arteries.
Gunmen on a motorbike sprayed bullets at the car carrying the minister, killing his daughter and driver in the process.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, he thanked the rider of a boda boda for taking him to hospital in the capital, Kampala.
There have been several unsolved assassinations and mysterious deaths of high profile officials in the East African country in recent years that have fuelled speculation about perpetrators and their motivations.
Victims have involved a lawmaker, a senior police officer, the country’s top public prosector, senior muslim leaders and others. Nearly all were committed by gunmen on motorcycles.
The attempt on Wamala took place in the same surbub in the capital where in 2017 gunmen on motorcycles sprayed bullets at a vehicle carrying a senior police officer. That police officer, Felix Kaweesa, was killed alongside his bodyguard and driver.
Wamala hails from the Baganda, the country’s largest ethnic group.
Additional Reporting by Agencies
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