The Speaker of Parliament Anita Among donated $10,000 (about shs37m) at the thanksgiving ceremony for former army commander and Transport minister Gen. Katumba Wamala. The event was held in Nakifuma, Mukono district on Saturday.
Among’s contribution was delivered by deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa who also led the fundraising drive and groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new church building at St. Mark Kikandwa COU in memory of Gen. Katumba’s daughter.
In June last year, gunmen attacked Gen. Katumba in his car killing his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo. Gen. Katumba survived with injuries.
“Gen. Katumba is one of the most loved people in the country but like the Archbishop put it, the more you are loved, the more you are hated. I have just come to discover it in public life. It is very funny. The day you grow, there are people waiting to break news of how you will fall and it is their prayer everyday. It is a shame but that is how the world is,” Tayebwa said.
He reminded the Very Important People at the function to always brace up for such situations.
Tayebwa also donated Shs10m as contribution to the fundraising drive.
Meanwhile, the Archibishop of Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, condemned those carrying out assassinations in the country, saying it is sad not to value lives of others.
“Let us value and respect each other’s life because each one of us wants to live. Life is very important,” Archbishop Kaziimba said.
Meanwhile, Katumba vowed not to yield to the threats of his enemies by quitting public service.
He revealed that following the loss of his daughter and driver in the assassination, people advised him to quit government and disappear from public life.
President Yoweri Museveni who was represented at the function by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja contributed Shs50 million while Nabanjja contributed Shs10 million. She also delivered Shs32 million on behalf of all the ministers.