Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A police truck has knocked dead a woman at Kalerwe along the Northern bypass in Kawempe division. The deceased is 24-year-old Penelope Kyomuhendo.
According to eyewitnesses, the police truck that was speeding towards Kalerwe knocked Kyomuhendo at around 7:20 am and sped off.
Wamadi Okanya, one of the eyewitnesses says that the deceased was on a boda boda when the truck knocked them from behind.
He says that Kyomuhedo fidgeted to jump off the boda boda, which was knocked on the sides by the truck. The rider suffered some injuries but was able to move away from the scene.
Julius Ssekakoni who works around Kalerwe blames the accident on Mota-Engil company, which he says has partially closed the road leaving a narrow space for vehicles, boda bodas and pedestrians.
Ssekakoni says that the boda boda rider was driving at the extreme end of the lane when the truck heading to Kelerwe knocked them from behind. The woman fell off hitting her head hard on the ground.
One of the boda boda riders who was at the scene says the police has often shown recklessness when dealing with boda boda riders and their passengers.
He says that even when police are arresting a boda boda rider for riding during curfew, they don’t care about the safety of the passenger.
The deceased was living in Kyebando under the guardianship of her maternal auntie, Flavia Muhindo. Muhindo who was at the scene says the deceased is survived by a 2-year-old baby.
Another family member says Kyomuhendo was heading for an interview at a certain hotel when she met her fate. The deceased’s body is lying at city mortuary.