Former UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Katumba Wamala has confessed that he punched Mityana MP Francis Zaake during the fight in parliament between legislators and security forces led by the president’s guard unit, Special Forces Command.
The clashes started when Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suspended 25 MPs for opposing the lifting of the presidential age limit bill. The speaker even allowed in the chambers soldiers who beat MPs sending most of them to hospitals.
Currently admitted are MP Zaake [Lubaga hospital], Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze [Bugolobi Medical Centre] and Kira Municipality MP who was treated at Naggalama where he was detained.
A rare photo emerged from parliament showing the junior works and transport minister Katumba aiming a deadly blow at MP Zaake and breaking his ribs in the process.
Asked why he punched the MP, Katumba says Zaake was “selling ice cream in form of breaking chairs and destroying Parliament property in the process”.
Because he was “serving ice cream ” in form of chairs and destroying parliament property in the process.
— General wamala (@Gen_wamala) September 30, 2017
In his open letter to Katumba, Zaake on staurday said the soldier aimed to kill him with the deadly punch. “General Katumba Wamala you almost killed me,” Zaake spoke from his hospital bed.
“I am, but just a child to you, I owed you respect as a father, role model, mentor and most importantly as a friend that is why when you feigned to be calming me down indeed without hesitation I did so, little did I know that you were tricking me.”
Zaake said he was only fighting in defence of his life during Wednesday clashes between MPs and Special Forces Command soldiers “against the brutal treatment from the strangers in the house that is why a calming voice from “a friend” made me feel safe in your hands”.
“You caught me unaware by hitting hard on my face, I fell down unconsciously,” Zaake narrated in his open letter to the minister of state for works.
General punches a fellow MP who was “serving ice cream” in the house. pic.twitter.com/qyMppE4Dx2
— Joseph Beyanga (@Akeda4) September 30, 2017
“You went ahead to hard-hit again on the head of almost a dead person, surely the last blow was a finishing punch but thank God I am alive.”
Zaake said for Katumba, it is only God who begins one’s story and therefore only he can end it when he deems it fit. “I have forgiven you and pray that God rewards you but according to your deeds.”
A video has now emerged showing how angry Katumba descended on Zaake with deadly intent, hitting like he was killing a poisonous snake.