• October 19, 2021
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IGP Ochola orders traffic police to scale up operations on Boda boda riders after lynching UN former driver

IGP Ochola orders traffic police to scale up operations on Boda boda riders after lynching UN former driver
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ochola, has ordered the director of Traffic and Road Safety to carry out what he described as an aggressive type of traffic enforcement targeting indiscipline and erratic boda boda riders following the lynching of a UN former driver after he alleged knocked one boda boda rider.

Bashir Aziz, 40 a former United Nations driver was involved in an argument with a Boda boda rider who had scratched his motor vehicle registration number UBK 393D. Bashir failed to agree with the motorcycle rider, two motorcycles shielded the rider who had been involved in the minor accident, and that in trying to pursue the rider, Bashir knocked another motorcycle rider.

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According to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, a group of other boda boda riders surrounded the vehicle, pulled Bashir out and beat him to death near Lyna Primary School.

He further noted that the motorcycle involved in the accident, UEJ 515K and the deceased’s vehicle were recovered and are now parked at Old Kampala Police Station whereas the body of the deceased was taken to the City mortuary in Mulago for a post mortem, adding that police have embarked on viewing CCTV footage to identify the riders who could have carried out the criminal act.

Owoyesigyire who condemned the terrible act also confirmed that two suspects have so far been arrested in connection to the murder and they will be prosecuted in courts of law after investigation.

Further condemning the killing IGP Ochola, now wants the traffic operations widened in due course to target other motorists to ensure that every road user is safe and to make sure such harmful acts don’t happen again.

The police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, also condemned the sad incident saying “It also shows a complete lack of regard for the lives of other people by selected boda boda riders. Due to the many conflicts, arising out of traffic-related incidents, the IGP has strongly condemned the continuous acts of impunity on our road.”

The manner in which Bashir was killed was condemned by a large section of the public in the media and called for punitive action against errant boda boda riders who always take the law into their hands.

The injured boda boda victim, Hakim Magala, was rushed to Rubaga Hospital for further treatment. The body of Bashir was also taken to the mortuary for a postmortem. 

Police have already identified the number plates of several motorcycles that participated in the mob action and the detectives are searching for the riders. 

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