A boda-boda rider is nursing wounds at Kiruddu hospital after setting himself on fire
at Kireka police station in Wakiso district following a failed attempt to recover
his impounded motorcycle.
spokesperson Fred Enanga said that Emmanuel Kabanda tried to end his life by
setting himself ablaze on Sunday night at around 8:30 pm shortly after his motorcycle Reg. Number UDU619H was impounded.
to police his motorcycle was impounded with 6 others that were found defying
the presidential directives on COVID-19 that bars boda-bodas from moving beyond
However, at about 9:00 PM the suspect went to the station and demanded for his motor cycle
which he was informed that he should return in the morning to claim it.in
frustration The Kabanda left the station and after a short while he was seen
about 30 meters away from the Police station while running ,burning, and crying
for help .
officers and locals around poured water on him to save his life.He was then rushed
to Kiruddu Hospital for medical treatment, before he faces charges of attempted
have been recorded from all the witnesses and exhibits that include a mineral
water bottle that he allegedly used for buying petrol, burnt shirt, shoes and
others have been recovered and transferred to Government Analytical Laboratory
for analysis," said Enanga.
He says that Jinja Road Police detectives have been dispatched to investigate
the alleged tendencies of extortion that were being directed to this rider.
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cautions the boda-boda riders who have now turned it into a habit of attempting to
end their lives, saying that even if someone is being victimized at a certain
police station, he or she can seek help from another police station.
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not the first incident of attempted suicide by a boda-bodas rider or other
people. In July this year A boda-boda rider died after setting
himself on fire inside Masaka Central Police Station traffic offices after
futile attempts to recover his impounded motorcycle.
A few days after, Police In Kampala arrested Mutwahilu Bogere
Wasswa, 24 years, chairman of Bweyogerere Bukasa stage in Old Taxi park, for
attempted suicide at City Hall, while protesting against an operation on public service
vans without route charts on Burton Street by Kampala Capital City Authority.