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Kinene suffered brain injury and fractured skulls during clashes involving drivers in Bwaise Dembe Park Operators and Kaas Club Taxi Park in Bwaise on September 23rd, 2019.
08 Oct 2019 18:54
Peter Kinene the day he was beaten

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Peter Kinene alias Munnakyalo, 36 a victim of the violent clashes between rival taxi operators in Bwaise in Kawempe division in Kampala is struggling to recover. 

Kinene suffered brain injury and fractured skulls during clashes involving drivers in Bwaise Dembe Park Operators and Kaas Club Taxi Park in Bwaise on September 23rd, 2019.

 

His workmate, Emiriya Muryanti, a driver in Kaas Club Taxi Park, says a group of about 30 people from Dembe Park stormed their park forcing them to flee. He however, says Kinene didn’t survive the attack as he was caught unaware and severely assaulted by the attackers.

Joseph Ssebukalu, the Chairman Kaas Club Taxi Park, says that Kinene was roughed up by a mob before he was rescued by the people from nearby shops and Boda-boda riders. He was then rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital for treatment with several bruises on his body and a head injury.

  //Cue in: “Bajja nebakwata…”

 

Cue out: “…ebyo byebaakola”//

A radiology report from Medical Imaging Consultants (Mic) where Kinene was scanned shows that he sustained a cerebral contusion, which is a form of a traumatic brain injury and fractured skull. Kinene is currently nursing injuries at his home in Luyinza zone in Katooke Parish in Kawempe division. URN visited Kinene and found that he was lying on the bed. 

He has bruises on his back and arms and a small swelling on the left side of his left side close to the ear. Kinene however, complains of extreme headache and coldness. He occasionally made uncoordinated statements like asking his caretakers to take him to Katooke where he actually is when our reporter visited him home.     

His mother, Teddy Namuddu, who has been nursing him since September 22nd 2019 while at Mulago Hospital, says he occasionally loses his mind and makes uncoordinated statements. At some point, she says he fails to recorgnise her.

 //Cue in: “Era nange nakwata…”

 

Cue out: …omutwe gwegunnuma”//

His wife, Mary Namusosa says they left hospital on Saturday after failing to raise about Shillings 1 Million required for surgery. Namusosa, a grocery vendor in Lugoba, says she is struggling to find money to treat her husband.

//Cue in: “Agyira natabuka…  

Cue out: …nze ndi kuyye”//  

Background

Operators of the two parks have been at loggerheads since 2016 with Dembe questioning the establishment of Kaas. There have had numerous fights that have led to destruction of property and injuries between the rival taxi operators. 

 

The owner of Kaas Club, Joseph Semmango Ssemakula has since closed the park. He told URN the park would remained closed until the situation normalizes. He is concerned if he reopens now, there could be more chaos.

Shafiq Teera, the Chairperson Bwaise Dembe taxi park accuses the operators of Kaas for stirring the chaos, saying that at the time the fracas happened, their rival group had organized goons to beat them up.

When asked if he ordered the attack, Teera denied the allegation. He says he was not on ground when the incident happened and couldn’t ascertain the events of the day.   

//Cue in: “Ssaamanya ntandikwa…  

Cue out: …obudde nga buzibye”//  

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