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Ugandan motorbike rider kills himself over a $40 ‘bribe’

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Police in Uganda have launched an investigation into the operations of officers in the traffic department.

It follows the death of a 29-year-old motorcycle taxi rider who reportedly was unable to pay a bribe of $40.

Hussein Walugembe had locked himself up at a police station demanding the release of his seized motorbike.

Local media reported that the motorbike was confiscated in the south-western district of Masaka, about 134km (83 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday.

That seizure happened because there was a restrictions on motorcycle taxis – or boda bodas.

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The government banned the bikes from carrying passengers for commercial purposes.

Police said Mr Walugembe had lent his bike to a friend, who was caught ferrying a passenger on Monday.

Mr Walugembe on Thursday, locked himself in a room at the station after getting frustrated with the police refusal to release the bike.

He then set himself ablaze using petrol concealed in a water bottle and match sticks.

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Walugembe’s colleague motorcycle riders alleged that officers were asking for a $40 (£32) bribe to release the bike.

A regional police spokesperson Paul Kangave has said allegations that the officers were demanding bribes will be investigated.

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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