Uganda police warn motorcyclists iron bar hit men strike again

Uganda police warn motorcyclists iron bar hit-men strike again
Boda boda riders at the Satellite 1 stage in Nebbi town. Courtesy Photo.

Police in Savannah region have put motorcyclists on alert over possible fresh attacks by iron bar hit men as Christmas season draws near.

The warning came after a boda boda cyclist identified as Peter Taipera was found killed on Tuesday night by suspected iron bar hit-men.

Taipera, a resident of Butayunja village in Nakaseke Sub County, reportedly bled to death after he was allegedly hit on the head. The assailants disappeared with his motorcycle number UEL 922X, a Bajaj Boxer.

The body of Taipera was found lying at Kiziba ward in Nakaseke town on Wednesday morning and was transferred to Nakaseke Hospital for postmortem as Police hunt for the killers.

The Savannah Regional Police Commander Edward Kyaligonza says that as Christmas season draws near, motorcyclists must be vigilant.

Kyaligonza explains that they have decided to embark on community policing among the motorists to remind them to be cautious about the passengers they transport at night and in hard-to-reach areas.

Sam Ssesanga, a motorcyclist in Luweero town council, says that they are always in fear during the Christmas season over the attacks and the warning is timely.

Ssesanga asks his colleagues to minimise on late night movements because they expose them to attacks.

Another rider, Josephat Mubiru of Luweero town, however says that police has not done enough to deter the thugs because when they are arrested and handed over to the police, they are released days later.

Mubiru adds that this partly explains why they resolved to use mob justice to deter any iron bar hit man from attacking them.

Early this year, at least five motor cyclists were killed and their motorcycles stolen.