Pictured! Uganda Motorcycle Rider Kills Himself 'over Bribe'
A 29-year-old motorcycle taxi rider in Uganda has died after setting fire to himself inside a police station after officers failed to release his impounded bike.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Hussein Walugembe’s motorbike was confiscated in the south-western district of Masaka, about 134km (83 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
As part of the restrictions to control the spread of Covd-19, the government has banned motorcycle taxis - or boda bodas - from carrying passengers.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
They are able to operate between 06:30 and 17:00 local time but must only transport cargo.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
According to the police, Mr Walugembe had lent his bike to a friend, who was caught ferrying a passenger on Monday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Mr Walugembe reportedly became frustrated with the police after visiting the station several times to demand its release.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
On Thursday, he locked himself in a room at the station and set himself ablaze using petrol concealed in a water bottle and match sticks.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Officers at the station ferried water in jerrycans to put out the fire.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
An officer who was with him at the time suffered minor injuries and several files and computers were destroyed.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Some motorcycle riders have alleged to local media that officers were asking for a $40 (£32) bribe to release the bike.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Following the self-immolation, regional police spokesperson Paul Kangave said an investigation had been launched into the conduct of the entire traffic department.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
He said the force’s Professional Standards Unit would be looking into allegations that the officers were demanding bribes after vehicles were impounded for flouting lockdown restrictions.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
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