Boda-boda Rider Who Set Himself Ablaze in Protest Succumbs to Burns

The Kireka Boda-boda riders’ fraternity is mourning the demise of their colleague who has succumbed to burns sustained when he set himself a blaze in protest of impounding his motorcycle.


Emmanuel Kabanda, who allegedly attempted to commit suicide by setting himself on fire using petrol last Sunday was pronounced dead on Thursday night at Kiruddu hospital where he had been receiving treatment.


Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, who is also the deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, confirmed Kabanda’s death.


The deceased attempted suicide by burning himself on September 13 at about 9pm at Kireka Police Station, but he was rescued by officers and taken to hospital for treatment.


Kabanda’s action was after his motorcycle registration number UDU 610H was impounded by Kireka Police team when he was found riding it in violation of curfew.


Police have since kicked off inquiries to ascertain the exact cause of the attempted suicide and six officers attached to Kireka were arrested by Professional Standards Unit to aid into the investigations of the then alleged suicide.


At least six police officers are in custody after it was alleged that they were pestering Kabanda to give them money in order to regain his motorcycle. The detained police officers include ASP Mulinde, Cpl Twinomujuni Francis, Cpl Nakisige Joan, PC Higenyi Norman, Detective Constable Logose Matha, PC Bintamye Robert.  By presstime Kabanda’s body has been conveyed to city mortuary Mulago  for a postmortem.

At least six people have died as a result of the setting self ablaze. It started with Hussein Walugemba a Boda-boda rider to set himself on fire and died at Masaka City CPS.

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