Parliament pays tribute to protester killed by speeding govt vehicle

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Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | In a solemn moment, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms. Anita Among, led the House in paying tribute to Mr. Magezi Tumuhaise, a 25-year-old resident of Kagadi District. The tragic incident occurred on February 26, 2024, when a speeding government vehicle, driven by Mr. Stephen Tibihikira, an employee of the Kagadi Local Government, struck and killed Mr. Tumuhaise on the spot.

Ms. Among passionately advocated for an end to the use of excessive force against protestors in Uganda. During the plenary session, she emphatically urged for accountability, insisting that Mr. Tibihikira, the driver involved, must face legal consequences as dictated by the law.

The Speaker emphasized the need to halt impunity for such actions to prevent further loss of life.

“That kind of impunity should not continue in this country because an accident is something that we can avoid because it’s not like a gun. People are being killed with guns and others are intentionally knocking people dead. I want to call upon the law enforcers to ensure that these people are brought to book,” Ms. Among said on Tuesday 27, February 2024.

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As per the police report, the incident was promptly reported to the Kagadi territorial police station. Subsequently, Mr. Stephen Tibihikira, the driver involved, was arrested to aid in the investigation of the tragic traffic accident that took place during a protest led by residents of Muhorro, Bwikara, Kagadi, and nearby areas. The residents were expressing their discontent with the worsening state of roads in the region.

The police disclosed that Mr. Magezi Tumuhaise was actively participating in the protest when the accident occurred. Following the incident, the driver initially fled the scene but was later apprehended for further inquiries.