Family of Drowned Hawker Condemns KCCA

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Basemera, a single mother of three, drowned in the channel in industrial area on Friday while fleeing from KCCA law enforcement officers, who were conducting operations against hawking in the central business district. She died instantly.

The family of Basemera Oliver, a 35-year-old hawker who drowned in Nakivubo Channel wants Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA to take care her children.

Basemera, a single mother of three, drowned in the channel in industrial area on Friday while fleeing from KCCA law enforcement officers, who were conducting operations against hawking in the central business district. She died instantly.

The family is now demanding that KCCA takes care of the orphaned children whose mother's death was triggered by the cruelty of law enforcement officers.  They were led by the deceased's father, Patrick Kugonza, a resident of Kyenjojo who traveled to Kampala upon learning about the death of his daughter.

Kugonza led a group of family members in a meeting with KCCA officials saturday to discuss issues related to the tragedy and pleaded with KCCA to discipline its officers and induct them on how best to handle arrests.
 
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KCCA officials promised to pronounce themselves on the demand after issuance of a police report on the cause of Basemera's death.
 
The authority however gave the family five million Shillings to organize the burial. Kugonza said they are planning to transport the body to Kyenjojo today for burial scheduled for tomorrow in Ntuntu village, Ruhoko Parish, Nyantungo Sub County.
 
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Kugonza threatens legal action if KCCA refuses to take care of the children. "The next step, we shall use court if KCCA refuse to do justice to us. For us, we need justice. If they don't do what we like, we will go to court" he told journalists in Kampala.

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.