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KCCA Resolves to Suspend Two Over Hawker's Death

The councilor demanded the suspension of the Robert Kituma, the KCCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer on grounds that he acted recklessly while leading police to calm down the situation when vendors stormed the city authority after Basemeras death.

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Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA council has passed a resolution calling for the suspension of two law enforcement team officers in connection to the death of a hawker on Friday last week. Olive Basemera, a mother of three, drowned in Nakivubo Channel while fleeing from KCCA Law enforcement officers.

 

Basemera's death drew public outrage and condemnation prompting the Kampala State Minister, Benny Namugwanya to offer a public apology. She called for calm, saying police would investigate the matter to its logical conclusion. 

On Wednesday, the KCCA council has passed a resolution suspending Robert Kituma, the KCCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer and the Acting Supervisor of the Enforcement Team, Godwin Katuguma.

 

The two are serving police officers attached to the KCCA Law Enforcement team. However, the KCCA technical wing has failed to explain how they were recruited on the KCCA law enforcement team. 

Prior to the approval of the resolution, Moses Atwine, Director Physical Planning KCCA who is also acting the Executive Director of the Authority, said Katugume recorded a statement and released on police bond. 

 

However, the councilor demanded the suspension of the Robert Kituma, the KCCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer on grounds that he acted recklessly while leading police to calm down the situation when vendors stormed the city authority after Basemera's death. Kennedy Okello, the Nakawa II councilor explained why Kituma should be suspended. 

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The Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago said the two officers should be allowed to remain at city hall as council starts the process of legalizing and disciplining the KCCA law enforcement team. He also asked the office of the KCCA Executive Director to present a report on how the two were recruited. 

 

 

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The authority also passed a resolution asking the Judiciary to relocate city hall court from their premises. The council resolved that the KCCA Executive director writes to the chief justice asking him to relocate city hall court by the end of this year. 

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