The Uganda Police have confirmed the arrest of a one Robert Kakooza, a 25 year old man who attempted to commit suicide in front of the National Unity Platform (NUP) People Power offices, in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb.
Afande Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, said Mr. Kakooza, who is more commonly known as Sanya, first attempted suicide while on a People Power procession that was headed to Kayunga District for the burial of a one Charles Mutyabule .
“He was on Saturday (July 19th, 2020) arrested and his motorcycle impounded, but was later released although his motorcycle remained at Nagalama Police Station.” Onyango is quoted to have said on the developing case.
According to our sources, the Boda Boda rider tried several times to get back his bike but an unidentified Police Officer kept on demanding for money.
After a lot of frustration, and with the allowing of his colleagues to start normal operations, he again attempted suicide at the People Power offices when a one Fred Nyanzi that had promised to help him recover his motorcycle only offered him Shs 40,000 yet he expected Shs 200,000.
“He said he got disappointed with People Power Movement and he decided to commit suicide. Kakooza got petrol poured on himself and he was about to set himself ablaze. Police recovered a lighter, jacket soaked with petrol among others” Onyango said.
Onyango informed the press that Kakooza is currently detained at Kira Road Police Station while the Force institutes a team to investigate the corruption allegations on the part of the police officer.
The development comes just weeks after a 2nd July incident when a one Hussein Walugembe, a boda-boda rider, walked into a traffic office at Masaka Central Police Station and set himself on fire. This was after failing to regain his motorycle, a Bajaj Boxer.