According to eyewitnesses, Walugembe is said to have entered the police station at around 8am and tried to negotiate with some traffic officers he met inside so that they can return his motorbike which was impounded on Tuesday morning for allegedly violating curfew guidelines.
His appearance at the police station was to claim for his motorbike. The OC station directed him to the traffic office to have him sorted, but it appears that the traffic officers he found in the office at that time angered him and he instead decided to set himself ablaze,’a boda boda cyclist identified as Mr Kalyango Yasin narrated.
An unidentified traffic officer among those who were inside the police office at a time was rushed to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital after sustaining serious burn wounds.
Officers who were at the station at the time of the incident were seen struggling to put out the fire using basins and jerrycans but failed before they borrowed a fire extinguisher from Shell Buddu which is just opposite the police station.
The deceased boda boda cyclist had borrowed his bike to his colleague identified as Kaweesi Twaha by the time it was impounded.
Another boda boda cyclist and a friend to the deceased said that by the time Walugembe entered the police office, he was trying to negotiate with them to reduce on the Shs150,000 they needed, but they could not listen.
The deceased’s body was taken to Masaka Hospital mortuary for postmortem as police launched investigation into the incidence.
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