According to preliminary information, Walugembe had gone to the police station to follow up on his motorcycle registration number UEF 145L that was impounded on Monday this week during the night time curfew.
Tension is high in Masaka town after a Boda
boda motorcyclist decided to torch himself to death in the traffic office at
Masaka Central Police Station this morning.
Hussein Walugembe, who has
been operating at Buddu Shell Fuel Pump Station, reportedly doused his body with
petrol he had carried in a mineral water bottle concealed in his jacket before
he set himself a blaze.
According to preliminary information, Walugembe had gone to the police station to follow up on his motorcycle
registration number UEF 145L that was impounded on Monday this week during curfew.
Walugembe’s friend, Agnes Namubiru says the
deceased told her that police had asked him for Shillings 100,000 to release
his motorcycle but he couldn’t raise the money.
She says that Walugembe
committed suicide after going to the police station on Thursday morning to seek help from a traffic officer to help him recover his motorcycle in vain.
The death of Walugembe prompted his colleagues
to storm Masaka Police station protesting what they called
persistent persecution by security authorities.
Hussein Ssenabulya, the Chairperson Masaka Boda
boda Rider Association, says they are saddened by their colleagues’ actions,
which he blames on police harassment.
Ssenabulya says that they want police to
prosecute the police officer that was handling their colleagues’ file because
he is fond of extorting money from people.
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Enock Ambaine, the Southern Region Police Commander,
says that he has instructed the Professional Standards Unit to open a general
inquiry file to investigate the matter.
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He says they are also going to investigate
allegations that the officer who was handling Walugembes’ matter had asked for
Shillings 100,000 because the receipts that were cleared to be given to
cyclists operating during curfew hours is Shillings 40,000.
deceased’s body has been taken to Masaka Regional Referral hospital mortuary