KAMULI – A traffic police officer was on Friday – June 11 knocked dead along the Kamuli-Buyende road.
Enoch Ndingidyeye, 30, was knocked by a sugarcane truck, which he attempted to stop. The truck registration number UAM 405H was ferrying passengers from Buyende district to other areas in Kamuli district.
Ndingidyeye who was riding on a motorcycle registration number; UEX 280U, was knocked around
Nankulyaku on Bukungu road along the Kamuli-Buyende road.
The driver and all the onboard passengers on the truck fled into hiding. The police impounded the truck – towing it to Kamuli Police Barracks.
Safiat Naigaga – one the residents, who witnessed the incident narrated that when Ndingidyeye was knocked, there was no means of transporting him to the hospital because of the ban on travel between districts. She added that the ambulance that the Kamuli covid-19 taskforce sent to him to hospital, arrived too late to save his life.
“We noticed him bleeding profusely after sustaining serious injuries but, due to the ban on inter-district travels, there were no vehicles on the road so we contacted the covid-19 taskforce officials who sent us the ambulance but, it was too late,” she said.
The Busoga North police spokesperson, Michael Kasadha confirmed that the truck that knocked one of their officers, was illegally ferrying passengers. He noted that police had mounted man-hunt for the driver of the truck.
Last Sunday, President Yoweri Museveni ordered the suspension of inter-district public transport for 42 days, which directive came force on Friday as one of the measures to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. The only district that are exempted from the directive are Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso.
Uganda is currently experiencing the second wave of a deadly strain of covid-19 that has already left dozens dead with hundreds of daily infections being registered across several districts.
Hours after the travel ban came to effect, there was heavy deployment of armed police officers and Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers -UPDF and the emergency of roadblocks at various district boundaries across the country.