Police said the general, his 26-year-old daughter Brenda Nantogo, his bodyguard and his driver Haruna Kyondo were traveling in a military-registered car when the attack broke out.
His daughter and driver were killed in the attack, while Katumba Vamala was admitted to the hospital after receiving bullet injuries. Police said the bodyguard was not injured.
Police described the attack as a “targeted drive-by-shooting”, adding that the gunmen followed the vehicle as it exited Katumba Wamala’s home.
“The attackers, who were four in number, were riding on two motorcycles with hidden number plates, which were pulled to the side. [General] Katumba Wamala’s car and fired several shots, killing Nantogo Brenda and Haruna Kyondo immediately.”
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said in a tweet that he has spoken to Katumba Wamala on the phone twice and is being well looked after.
He said officers already had “clues to the killers in the shooting of General Katumba.”
Videos posted on social media showed Katumba Vamala in a blood-soaked shirt with her bodyguard in a military uniform helping her on a motorcycle, which took her to the hospital.
Katumba Wamala served as the Inspector General of Police of the Uganda Police Force from 2001 to 2005, being the first active Ugandan People’s Defense Force soldier to serve as the head of the force.
His military carrier dates back to 1984 when he was a second lieutenant in the Uganda National Liberation Army, which was eventually defeated by the Museveni-led National Resistance Army.