Residents of Jinja-Misindye in Ggoma Division
Mukono Municipality are protesting the shooting of a motorcycle rider for
defying the presidential ban on public transportation.
Alex Oryem, a builder at
Misindye was shot in the left leg by a police officer attached to Jinja-Misindye
police station identified as Gidudu for carrying a passenger on a motorcycle
Registration number UDM 199B contrary to the presidential directive issued on
Despite the ban, several motorcycle
riders in Mukono were seen carrying passengers, which prompted police to swing
into action to enforce it. It is this process that Oryem was shot in the leg drawing
protests from residents who want the force to apologise and take full
responsibility of treating the victim.
Oryem told URN on his sick bed at Mukono General
Hospital that he was riding on the motorcycle with his colleague Kassimu
Ssebudde to the construction cite when he was shot by the officer. According to Oryem, they only wanted to make
money that will take them through this hard period.
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Moses Sserunkuuma, one of the residents says
police officers didn’t receive instructions to shoot at riders. He
says enforcing presidential order doesn’t mean shooting to kill, adding that
people have dependents they must fend for.
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Ruth Kaweesa, a Senior Clinician at Mukono General Hospital,
said the gunshot victim would undergo surgery because his leg was shuttered seriously.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango told URN that investigations
into the matter have started.
He advised motorcycle riders to abide with the
presidential directive for the good of the entire country.