Boda boda rider set self on fire inside police station, dies

A- 29-year-old Boda boda rider has on Thursday July 2 set himself on fire at Masaka Central Police in Masaka City after he failed to recover his impounded motorbike.

The victim has been identified as Hussein Walugembe.

The Daily Monitor quoting sources reported that Walugembe entered the office on Thursday morning June 8am and tried to negotiate with traffic officers he found inside to give him back the motorcycle which was reportedly impounded on Tuesday for allegedly flouting curfew guidelines.

Police has confirmed that one of the traffic officer who was inside the office at the time of the incident, sustained burns.

He is admitted to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital according to Police.

Mr Enoch Abaine, the Southern Region Police Commander confirmed the development.

Mr. Abaine told reporters that Walugembe had been working with police to transport food supplies and was also staying in the police barracks.

“This incident is regrettable. We have already ordered Police Professional Standards Unit to investigate and once we find any of our officers culpable, he or she will face the law,” he told reporters.

Walugembe’s body was taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem.

Boda bodas are cheap and remain the lifeline of many Ugandans.

But President Yoweri Museveni banned passengers from using boda bodas as part of a government strategy to halt the coronavirus.

As of July 2, Uganda has 903 confirmed cases and no deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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