Battle lines have been drawn as two boda boda riders jump into the ring to claim the unofficial award for rescuing Gen Katumba Wamala.
William Kawuki and Hakimu Kasibante, boda boda riders based in Kisaasi, both claim to have ferried Katumba from Kisota Road near Acorns International School to Malcom Clinic in Kisaasi after being shot by assassins.
Kasibante told Daily Monitor that as he approached his work station at around 8.40am, he heard gunshots a few metres away and immediately dived into a nearby banana plantation for shelter.
“When the shooting stopped, I ran to where it came from hoping to help the victims,” he says in an interview on Wednesday.
Like him, many people were gathering at the scene of the shooting.
Kasibante says he did not realise that one of the victims of the shootout was the outgoing minister of Works and Transport, Gen Katumba Wamala, until an onlooker pointed him out.
He says at that point Gen Katumba looked shaken and was drenched in blood.
The cyclist says the General tried to make a phone call, but the handset slid out of his bleeding and weakening right arm.
Gen Katumba was also hesitant to accept assistance from cyclists to rush him to a medical facility having just survived an assassination by people travelling on motorcycles.
“We faced a tough challenge convincing Gen Katumba to sit on the motorcycle because he did not know us. He kept asking us where we were taking him,” Kasibante told Monitor.
The General only gave in after assurances that his bodyguard, Sgt Khalid Koboyoit, holding a cocked pistol aloft, would sandwich him on the pillion.
A boda boda cyclist only identified as Andrew first volunteered to rush the General to hospital but got a flat tyre and that was when Kasibante raced for his motorcycle and offered to take the General to a clinic.
A column of cyclists also volunteered to ride on the sides as human shields, just in case the assailants came back.
Kawuki, on the other hand, says this story belongs to him.
But from the number plates of the motorcycles at the scene, many have concluded it was Kawuki who rescued the General.
This is what he says: