Crime & Investigation

Speeding Taxi Overturns, Kills 5

Many Taxis in Uganda are in poor mechanical condition and break many basic road safety guidelines

Drama ensued last evening (Thursday) when officials from the Inspector General of Government’s (IGG) office stormed Kabale Central Police station to arrest the homicide Unit officer in charge, rx AIP Tobias Mbonekyirwe for alleged corruption.

Mbonekyirwe is accused of mishandling cases by soliciting bribes from suspects and complainants so that he ‘kills’ their files.

Sources indicate that in 2013, there Mbonekyirwe solicited 2.5 million shillings from a person (names withheld) to release suspects who had been accused of mob justice and to this effect was paid shs 2 million, cash.

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His luck however ran out last evening; when the complainants brought the remaining shs 500,000 together with officials from the IGG’s office who had come to question him why he was receiving the money and to collect evidence against him.

However, when Mbonekyirwe saw his victim with officials, he immediately took off which prompted them to run after him and shoot in the air but to no avail.

Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate condemned corruption tendencies among police officers, saying that police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute them.

By the press time Tobias was still at large.
At least three people died on the spot and ten others were injured when a taxi registration number UAR 770W burst a tire and overturned several times. Two others died after arriving in hospital.

The nasty accident happened on Thursday at around 11:00am at Rwimi Town Council, capsule Kabarole district along Fort portal-Kasese highway.

The injured were rushed to Buhinga referral Hospital while others were taken to Kilembe Hospital in Kasese District for treatment.

The deceased have been identified as Yokonia Lombo, stomach a pastor at Ntandi Church in Kyembwa village, Katebwa Sub County in Kabarole District, Charles Tusiime, an adult and resident of Kasinde zone, Rubingo parish Karambi Sub County in Kabarole district and Biira Maurine, a resident of Hima Town Council, Kicwamba Sub County, Kasese district.

According to Rwenzori Police Spokesperson, Bashir Bakari Muga, the bodies of the deceased were taken to Buhinga Referral Mortuary for post mortem.

Eyewitnesses attributed the accident to over speeding.

Bakari appealed to drivers to avoid over speeding but drive at a relative speed that can control the vehicle in case of any abrupt occurrence.

The passengers should also take it upon themselves to caution the driver against overspeeding since police cannot deploy along the whole highway to monitor speeding vehicles.

“It is only through a combined effort from ‘wanainchi’ and police that accidents can be reduced on our roads,” he asserted.


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