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Six Police Officers Arrested as Suicidal BodaBoda Rider Dies

Kabanda had been rescued after burning himself on September 13, 2020, following a failed attempt to recover his impounded motorcycle Reg No UDU-610H. The motorcycle was impounded by Kireka Police team who found riding in violation of the curfew hours.
emmanuel Kabanda the deceased

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A boda-boda rider who attempted to end his life through self-immolation at Kireka police station has succumbed to burn injuries.    

Emmanuel Kabanda, a boda-boda rider at Kireka stage in Kira Municipality, Wakiso district, was pronounced dead last night at Kiruddu Hospital where he was receiving treatment.  

Kabanda had been rescued after burning himself on September 13, 2020, following a failed attempt to recover his impounded motorcycle Reg No UDU-610H. The motorcycle was impounded by Kireka Police team who found riding in violation of the curfew hours.            

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday told Journalists that Jinja Road Police detectives were dispatched to investigate the alleged extortion that was being directed to this rider that could probably have led him to end his life.           

Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson now says inquiries kicked off to ascertain the exact cause of the attempted suicide which led to the arrest of six officers attached to Kireka by the Professional Standards Unit to aid the investigations of the alleged suicide.    

He says the officers who are currently under detention on allegations of extortion include; Assistant Superintendent of Police Mulinde, Corporal Twinomujuni Francis, Corporal Nakisige Joan, olice ConstableHigenyi Noman,  Deputy Constable Logose Martha and Police Constable Bintamye Robert.  

Owoyesigyire says the deceased’s body has been conveyed to the city mortuary in Mulago for a postmortem as investigations continue.  

//Cue; “six officers… 

Cue…investigations.”//    

Buziba Bosco, chairman of Boda-boda operators in Kira Municipality questions why the operations on motorists who flout the COVID-19 rules only focus on bodabodas, a reason why bodaboda riders are not ready to comply, which may lead to more suicides.  

Among the presidential directives on COVID-19 measures is the curfew hours which bars boda-bodas from moving beyond 6 pm, but according to Buziba bodaboda riders should also be allowed to move up to the general curfew time which starts at 9 pm, like other motorists.    

//Cue;“boda-boda nazo…  

Cue: …curfew.”//  

This is not the first incident of suicides by a bodaboda 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.     

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