By Our Reporter
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA- A brand new Bajaj bike awaits Hakim Kasibante the hitherto known Boda Boda rider who rushed injured Gen. Katumba Wamala to hospital.
Before the attack on the former Works, Transport Minister, and UPDF Legislator on June 1st 20201, that left his daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo dead, the 27-year-old was a commoner.
Today a simple google of Hakim Kasibante displays scores of results, thanks to his patriotic heart.
Though in an interview that Kasibante gave Daily Monitor he said he didn’t need any reward for ferrying the bleeding General to Malcolm Clinic in Kisaasi, an initiative by the CBS FM Kalisoliso Crew is paying off.
During the funeral of his daughter at his ancestral home in Kikandwa, in Mukono district on Thursday, Gen. Katumba who was discharged from MediPal Hospital a day after the attack heaped praises for the Boda Boda rider.
“When I came out of my hiding after the assassins had left, I was bleeding terribly. This Boda Boda rider requested to take me to the hospital, I had fear because the attackers were also riding bikes. He, (Kasibante) however insisted that I seat on his bike escorted by my bodyguard,” Katumba told mourners.
“The first aid at Malcolm was key in saving my life since I was over bleeding,” said the four-star General, who also served as Commander of the Land Forces, Inspector General of Police, and Commander of Defence Forces (CDF).
“I had never met Gen Katumba until yesterday. I rushed him to the hospital like I was saving my own brother,” Kasibante told Monitor.
Kasibante narrates that, on hearing the gunshots, he hid in a nearby bush and when he noticed that the situation had calmed down, he drove towards the car and noticed that it was Gen Katumba.
“I arrived at my stage and after a minute, I heard gunshots that lasted for about four minutes. Immediately I heard these gunshots, I hid in a nearby bush until they stopped,” Kasibante said whose stage is 20 meters from the scene of crime.
“We saw Gen Katumba coming from under his car. He immediately looked in his car and on seeing his daughter, he became very weak and looked confused. He was crying and the only thing he kept saying was, ‘my daughter, my daughter’,” he narrated.
Before taking Gen Katumba to the hospital, Kasibante adds that the general was hesitant to get onto his motorcycle but later accepted and he rode him together with his bodyguard. He adds that on the way to Malcolm Clinic, Gen Katumba kept saying, “My daughter, my daughter.”
Kasibante says he does not need any reward from Gen Wamala because all his actions were out of goodwill. He also reveals that the general reached out to him on phone and appreciated him for saving his life.
Kalisoliso Crew interjects
During the Friday popular morning, CBS crew hosted by Hajji Abu Kawenja, Hajji Abbey Mukiibi, Wycliff Lyombya, and Peace Diane, Mukiibi said: “I am calling for well-wishers to come to respond to my call. We need to appreciate Hakim Kasibante with a new Bajaj bike. He saved General Katumba’s life.”
“I need only 50 friends of Gen, Katumba to contribute shs100,000 each to raise shs5m needed to purchase a new bike for Kasibante. We need to have this bike delivered next week,” said Mukiibi.
The show that lasts about 30 minutes (7.30-8 am) on frequency Channel 88.8FM was able to raise a significant amount of money from Gen. Katumba’s friends.
“I am happy with the support coming in so far. Thanks, dear friends, we shall deliver this bike by next week. Mukiibi promised that he would be transparent and duly account for all monies raised from CBS listeners and Katumba’s friends.”