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VIDEO: Man arrested over hacking taxi driver in Nansana charged

Angry residents of Nansana town this morning turned rowdy and torched a Pajero registration number UAM 617D beyond recognition. (PML Daily PHOTO)

NANSANA – A man who hacked a taxi driver that scratched his car in Nansana Town, Wakiso District, on Monday morning has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Gerald Kayondo reportedly hacked Mr Richard Sseruga three times with a hoe after the latter reportedly scratched the former’s Land Cruiser during the traffic jam.

“We have arrested Kayondo and he is being detained at our Nansana police station. We have charged him with causing grievous bodily harm,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire in an interview.

Police said investigations were under way to establish whether Mr. Kayondo acted under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mr. Owoyesigyire said police want to understand why he acted with too much anger and why he was moving with the hoe.

Following the act, angry residents and taxi drivers attempted to lynch Mr. Kayondo but he was rescued by police in time. The residents then descended on the Land Cruizer and burnt it to ashes.

“Our goal was to rescue Kayondo who was about to be lynched by the mob. His car was burnt but we did not arrest any resident,” said Mr. Owoyesigyire.

He also dismissed reports that the taxi driver died as a result of the hacking and said he has been hospitalized.

Earlier, the army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire also dismissed reports that Kayondo is a soldier.

“No UPDF personnel or vehicle got involved in an accident in Nansana this morning as is circulating on social media. M/V Land Cruizer UAM 617D driven by civilian Gerard Kayondo is the one that was involved. Details are with Police,” Brig Karemire said in a tweet.

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