PSU Investigates Rakai Traffic Officer for Mismanaging Case

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Police instead opened a case against Chris Kula, the boda boda motorist who was carrying Mulyowa.

Abdul Iwumbwe, the Rakai District Traffic Officer is in trouble for allegedly mismanaging an accident case involving a Vision Group journalist.  John Bosco Mulyoowa, a stringer with Bukedde TV and Radio was knocked down on July 11 by Resty Nakakeeto, the Rakai Hospital Midwife while riding on a motor bike to Lambu landing site. The midwife was driving a Pajero  registration number UAH 442S. Mulyoowa sustained a broken limb and various bodily injuries.  He filed a case at Kalisizo Central Police Station but nothing was done to bring the suspect to book.

Police instead opened a case against Chris Kula, the boda boda motorist who was carrying Mulyowa.  As a result, a group of 20 journalists operating in Masaka region stormed Kalisiizo Police station on Thursday to protest the manner in which police is handling the case. Led by Musa Matovu Kigongo, a reporter with the Mengo based Central Broadcasting Station the journalists accused the Rakai traffic police officer of framing up the cyclist to protect Nakakeeto.


Kigongo demanded that police opens up fresh investigations before they open a civil suit against the midwife. John Bosco Mulyoowa, the accident victim accused Brown Tugume, the Masaka Reserve Force Commander and husband to Nakakeeto of threatening him with violence.  He claimed that Tugume has repeatedly called him threatening to shoot him unless he withdraws the case against his wife.  Mulyoowa told URN that he reported the matter to Alex Twebaze, the Rakai District Police Commander but nothing has been done against the suspects.

But Abdul Lwumbwe, the Rakai Traffic Police Officer denies accusations of mishandling the accident case involving the journalist. Lwumbwe said that they decided to open a criminal case against the boda boda motorists because he was operating without a permit. But his explanation drew angry reactions from the journalists.  Fred Nkonge, also a vision group journalist wondered how police decided to open a case against the victim of the accident.

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Now, Simon Peter Wafana, Southern Region police officers and Peter Wasswa, the regional Police Professional Standard Unit Commander say that they have taken up the case to investigate why only the rider was charged. Peter Wasswa says that they want to establish why the investigations only focused on the rider, adding that they have already recorded a statement from the traffic chief.

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Resty Nakafeero, declined to comment saying that she was busy attending to her patients..

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.