Traffic police officer knocked

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kiira is holding a driver who knocked down a traffic officer on duty on Sunday evening.

Kampala metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango says that the incident happened at Bweyogerere along Kampala Jinja road.

Innocent Ayesugye attached to Seeta police station was driving motor cycle registration number UP2164 when he was knocked from behind by driver of RAV4 registration number UAS 597U.

Ayesigye survived with two fractured legs and other serious injuries and is currently admitted at Gwatiro health center in Bweyogerere.

Onyango adds that the errant driver was apprehended and will be charged with two counts including careless driving, failure to report accident as well as causing an accident that led to badly harm.

Traffic officer arrested over viral bribe video

Fred Edwaru, a senior traffic police officer attached to Kole Central Police Station in the North Kyoga Region is in trouble for bribery. Edwaru was picked up over the weekend on the directives of Dr. Steven Kasiima, the Director Traffic and Road Safety in Uganda Police Force.
Trouble for Edwaru started after he was captured in a video, which went viral on social media receiving a bribe from a truck driver along Lira – Kamdini highway. In the video, the officer is seen engaging the truck driver, before he handed him money, which he tucked away into his pockets and allowed him to proceed with his journey.
The video is believed to have been taken by a traveler who was watching the interaction between the officer and truck driver from a distance. In a statement, Dr. Kasiima, says Edwaru will appear before the Police Disciplinary Committee to answer for his action.
He commends the public for their vigilance on traffic police officers who extort money from road users, adding that the public vigilance has greatly supplemented the efforts of the traffic alert squad that was established in November 2014 to address such cases.
He discloses that about 700 traffic officers have been arrested and sanctioned since the inception of the Traffic Alert Squad. Dr. Kasiima encourages road users to continue exposing such vice so that appropriate action is taken.
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