Police have said that the boda boda rider who set himself ablaze after his motorcycle was impounded at Kireka Police Station has died.
At around 8:30 pm on Sunday, Emmanuel Kabanda’s motorcycle was among those impounded by police at Kireka for flouting the presidential directive on Coronavirus.
However, according to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, Kabanda died on Thursday night.
“Emmanuel Kabanda, who allegedly attempted to commit suicide, was last night pronounced dead at Kiruddu Hospital where he was receiving treatment,”Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
“The deceased’s body has been conveyed to city mortuary Mulago for a postmortem.”
The Kampala Police mouthpiece however noted that six police officers attached to Kireka Police station have since been arrested for asking for allegedly asking for a bribe the deceased before releasing his motorbike.
“Inquiries kick started 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,” Owoyesigyire said.
He named the six officers as Assistant Superintendent of Police Mulinde, Corporal Francis Twinomujuni, Corporal Joan Nakisige, Constable Norman Higenyi, Detective Constable Martha Logose and Constable Robert Bintamye.
In July, a boda-boda rider set himself on fire inside a traffic police office at Masaka Central Police Station after police officers asked him for a shs40,000 bribe before releasing his impounded motorbike.
Following failed attempts to have his motorbike released for free, Hussein Walugembe, 29 set himself on fire and died.
Consequently, two police officers including Sgt. Julius Ewalu , the Station Major and Sgt Ibrahim Ssesanga the acting OC Traffic at Masaka Central Police Station were dismissed from the force with disgrace by the Police disciplinary court after being found guilty of tainting the police image.