IGP Kayihura Blames Parliament for Sabotaging Speed Governor Enforcement

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has blamed Parliament for frustrating Police’s efforts in enforcing speed governors in a bid to reduce the motor accidents. Gen. Kayihura said that such technological solutions will go a long way in supplementing other traffic initiatives.

He was speaking Wednesday during a requiem service for Doreen Tashobya and Patrick Busingye who died in a motor accident along Entebbe road. The accident was attributed to reckless driving.

The IGP who was mourning his niece (Doreen Tashobya) called for support from legislators and other actors to reduce road accidents.

“Previously, remedy we launched a campaign to ensure every motorist had a speed governor but its implementation was frustrated by parliament. We should not only rely on discipline of drivers but the use of technology.”

He proceeded to say; “Such accidents should be avoidable. We can’t keep attributing our own mistakes and inactions to God. On behalf of police we were saddened because we feel inadequate to protect your lives.”

Kayihura however said police has invested in improving human resource including training more officers. He noted that the number of motor related accidents along Entebbe highway have since been reduced from 24 per week to 2 or none.

Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime is a sister to Gen. Kayihura and he said her late husband Emmanuel Tumusiime was involved in the 1986 armed struggle to liberate Uganda. The couple’s home was one of the NRA’s clandestine bases where the fighters used to hide.

“I got news of how the two (Doreen and Patrick) were hit by a speeding truck and that Doreen’s body had no head. Such gruesome deaths make us question God’s purpose of subjecting people to such pain.”

In a rather ironical statement, case the IGP under weighed the importance of police lead cars which often lead VIPs saying: “Surprisingly, these lead cars are sometimes involved violating traffic laws. While I was rushing here for the requiem service, my lead car overtook another vehicle in a corner.”

The Assistant IGP in charge of traffic Stephen Kasiima who was also present at the requiem service held at St. John’s Church in Entebbe blamed motorists who drive carelessly.

“We need to combine efforts to amend the existing law and have deterring punishments. It has taken us two years to enforce the New Act due to the bureaucracy by Parliamentarians,” said Kasiima.

He added; “It’s surprising that in our current law, such a driver will only be fined Ugshs 200,000. Penalties should be in position to protect society from such unlawful people and prevent the re-occurrence”

Kasiima said the police wasn’t able to determine the speed of the truck that knocked down the two people on Tuesday since traffic officers lack speed guns.

He revealed that URA records have since identified the owner of the truck as Fred Sekyimpi of Lubaga Division.


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