Taxi driver Mutwahilu Bogere Wasswa arrested for attempting to commit suicide in front of City Hall.
Police on Monday arrested Mutwahilu Bogere Wasswa, 24 years, a taxi driver and chairman of Bweyogerere Bukasa stage in Old Taxi Park, Kampala Capital City for attempting to commit suicide.
Bogere, a taxi driver is alleged to have tried to commit suicide. Eyewitnesses insist that he went in front of City Hall, with a five-litre jerry can of petrol and a matchbox to set himself ablaze.
According to the witnesses, the victim was protesting operation on public service vans without route charts on Burton Street by Kampala Capital City Authority.
“Out of discomfort he was planning to burn himself in public,” one unidentified eyewitness claimed to add that the police later approached the scene and captured him.
According to a statement released by the police, they were able to rush to the scene earlier enough immediately after being informed about the happening.
“We were informed and picked him before he could set himself ablaze,” a statement from the Uganda Police read adding that he is currently being detained at the Central Police Station in Kampala on attempted suicide offences.
Meanwhile, the police call upon members of the general public to report and raise their complaints to authorities concerned rather than taking matters in their own hands.
“Attempting to commit suicide is an offence. We urge members of the community not take their lives for matters that can be handled amicably handled by the concerned authorities.”
Patrick Onyango, the PRO Kampala Metropolitan Police says taxi operators should first register to get route charts before considering to put their cars back on the roads.
“We urge taxi operators to register their vans with the Ministry of Works and Transport for free so that they are get route charts.”
During his recent press briefing, the Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga stressed that they will continue plucking off motor-vehicle number plates of cars found to be in a dangerous mechanical condition so that the owners are forced to go and repair them to meet the road safety standards.
Enanga however, said that the only police officers allowed to remove the number plates are those who are at the rank of Assistant Inspector of Police.
He explained that car owners should not take it as a disservice to them because vehicles that are in a poor mechanical condition are not only a threat to them but other road users.