The directive follows a weekend incident where a 40-year-old former driver with the United Nations-UN was lynched by a group of violent boda boda riders in Mengo-Katale after knocking one of their colleagues on Sunday.
The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola
has directed Director Traffic Police to increase deployments on roads during
rush hours to eliminate emerging crimes of mob justice.
The directive follows a
weekend incident where a
40-year-old former driver with the United Nations-UN was lynched by a group of violent
boda boda riders in Mengo-Katale after knocking one of their colleagueson
According to police detectives from
Old Kampala Police Division, Aziz Bashir, a resident of Mengo was involved in a
minor accident in which his Toyota Allex registration number was
scratched by a boda boda rider.
The driver got out to negotiate with
the boda boda rider to see how the car could be repaired. Whereas Aziz wanted 500, 000 shillings the boda boda rider said he could only afford shs50, 000.
Consequently the two failed to agree and this angered the driver.
got out of the vehicle, but failed to agree with the motorcycle rider. It is
from there that two motorcycles shielded the rider, who was involved in a
traffic accident with Bashir. The rider left the scene but as the deceased
pursued the rider, he knocked another motorcyclist. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy
Police Spokesperson said.
A gang of boda boda riders surrounded the vehicle as Aziz
approached Lyna Primary School, pulled him out and beat him to death in the
Police say two suspects were arrested and detained at Old Kampala Police
Addressing Journalists at Naguru Police headquarters, Police spokesperson Fred
Enanga said that there is an ongoing review of CCTV camera
footage to identify all people who involved in the act including the initial
rider who brushed the car and took off, those who shielded him, and whoever
participated in lynching the deceased.
‘’The conduct of boda-boda riders really shows a complete
lack of regard for lives of other people on the road, and it has turned it into
a habit where if a boda-boda rider is knocked, scratched or caused an accident,
you find other boda-boda members ganging-up against drivers with insults and
attempt to gang up against them without minding about reporting the matter to
Police," Enanga said.
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Enanga explains that the IGP has
directed the director Traffic Lawrence Niwabiine to embark on heavy deployment to
all known busy roads and use aggressive traffic enforcement measures to bring indisciplined motorists to book.
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He further noted that Traffic police are also going to embark
on sensitization and awareness programs on anger management on roads.
"There is too much anger
on our roads, whenever there is an accident you find insults and fights, so we’re
going to try to sensitize the public to avoid escalating situations," Enanga