Police have detained 14 boda boda riders in connection of a recent road rage murder that happened along the Mengo-Natete Road on October, 17.
A group of bodaboda riders caused disorders on the road when they chased and brutally murdered Aziz Bashir, 40, these accused the deceased for knocking their colleague.
It is alleged that Aziz Bashir involved in a minor accident with an unidentified boda boda rider who scratched his car, a Toyota Allex.
“He got out of the vehicle, but failed to agree with the motorcycle rider. It is from there that two motorcycles shielded the rider, who was involved in a traffic accident with Bashir. The rider left the scene but as the deceased pursued the alleged rider, he knocked another motorcyclist,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire said on October 18.
Speaking to Journalists at the Police Headquarters in Naguru, Police Spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga said the 14 were arrested following a thorough review of the violent incident caught on video and CCTV,.
Enanga noted that the 14 suspects are in custody on various charges of alleged murder, malicious damage and theft of car parts.
He identified the suspects as No. 51582 D/C Dan Kanywasi, Martin Mutebi, Asafu Talemwa, Samuel Waswa, Richard Muto, Jackson Wajabu, Asuman Kasolo, Ivan Nsubuga, Jimmy Ssebugwawo, Emmanuel Balilonda, Julius Lugango, Joseph Miyingo, Hilary Wejjuli and Henry Ssentongo.
Enanga added that expansive efforts are in place to track down more suspects including the initial bodaboda rider who brushed the victims car, those who gave him a chase, and those who subdued and stoned Aziz to death.
“We hope the arrests made so far, will serve as a strong lesson to all motorists especially bodaboda riders, that there are legal consequences to acts of road rage, especially when that rage turns violent,” He said.
Enanga cautioned all motorists that road rage is real and dangerous to other road users.
“It shows the lack of patience and civility on our roads, where every motorist assumes to be above the traffic laws. We also want to urge all motorists to figure out how to de-escalate, tense situations on the roads, before it gets out of control,” he noted.
He warned that, “As the Joint Security Agencies, we will not tolerate such kinds of careless and reckless behavior on our roads.”