Hussein Walugembe, man who ‘set himself on hearth’

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By Paul Ssekandi & Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa

When Hussein Walugembe, a boda-boda rider, walked right into a site visitors workplace at Masaka Central Police Station on July 2, nobody together with his confidants knew his intention. What was identified is that he wished to reclaim his bike, which had reportedly been impounded two days earlier for violating curfew pointers. Nevertheless, Walugembe ended up setting himself on hearth after failing to regain his bike, a Bajaj Boxer.

The police say the deceased doused himself with petrol he carried in a small bottle and set a hearth, which additionally injured a site visitors officer who was within the workplace.

Fellow boda boda riders declare the site visitors law enforcement officials demanded a bribe from the deceased to launch his bike, however his pleas for the quantity to be diminished fell on deaf ears, resulting in the incident.

In an announcement on Friday, police spokesperson Fred Enanga stated after Walugembe was totally annoyed by the appearing officer-in-charge of site visitors in Masaka District, Mr Ibra Ssesanga, he went and acquired petrol from a close-by Mogas Petrol Station and set himself a blaze.

Mr Enanga additional stated the deceased tried to seize Mr Ssesanga for them to die collectively, however the latter escaped with minor burns, leaving the deceased behind.

Enanga, nonetheless, claimed the deceased had simply acquired the bike and since he didn’t having driving abilities, he gave it to his pal, Twaha Kaweesi.

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“He was, due to this fact, not a boda boda rider as alleged within the media. Walugembe was an off-the-cuff employee and evening watchman at a petroleum station,” Enanga stated.

He added: “He [Walugembe] was additionally employed by Mr Rogers Namanya who provides meals to suspects in custody, but additionally carried out a number of odd jobs at Masaka Police Station.”

The deceased was additionally residing in Masaka police barracks. Officers; Sgt Julius Ewalu and Sgt Ibrahim Ssesanga, the appearing officer-in-charge of site visitors at Masaka Central Police Station, have since been arrested over appearing negligently and unreasonably in holding Walugembe’s bike with out giving him a proof.

Who was Hussein Walugembe?
Walugembe was born 20 years in the past to Ndawula Kalema and Juliet Nanfuuka, each residents of Central Zone, Lwengo City Council, Lwengo District.

He was the fourth born in a household of 10 kids – eight boys and two women.

The daddy, a retired lieutenant within the navy, is an area defence unit commanding officer in Lwengo City Council.

Walugembe studied at Mbirizi Muslim Main Faculty in Lwengo District, the place he accomplished Main Seven in 2012. His father says after the first degree, Walugembe selected to not proceed with research and moved to Masaka City to search for employment. He was employed at Masaka Central Police Central Station as a prepare dinner.

“He left residence and went to stick with his uncle Ssekabuza, who was staying at Masaka Police Barracks then. He was doing a little odd jobs throughout the barracks and likewise driving a boda boda, however he saved checking on us at any time when he received time,’’ Walugembe’s father says.

Walugembe’s final go to to the household was two weeks in the past when he purchased a bike and took it to point out his father.

“Beforehand, he got here residence utilizing a boda boda belonging to his pal, Kaweesi. When he purchased his personal, they got here collectively and we celebrated his achievement,” says Kalema.

The deceased has been a robust pillar of the household and at all times guided his siblings on issues pertaining to growth.

On the time of his demise, Walugembe was finishing his home at Lwentamu Village in Lwengo Sub-county.

“He has been very targeted, enterprise oriented, and believed a lot in saving cash for growth. He would at all times share with me his progress in enterprise,” his father says as he struggles to regulate tears.

Regardless of dropping his son beneath unclear circumstances, Kalema says he calls for nothing from police, not even compensation.
“I can not change authorities preparations, they’re free to do it [compensation] if they need, however my faith bars me from demanding any compensation for a useless individual; nothing can deliver him again,” Kalema says.

Ismail Juuko, a brother of the deceased, says Walugembe was a jack-of-all-trades; typically driving a boda boda, different instances doing different odd jobs within the police barracks after which working at evening as a guard at a petroleum station.
Nevertheless, he says the deceased left behind unspecified debt from certainly one of his associates who helped him high up the cash to purchase the bike.

In keeping with Jjuuko, the deceased instructed him that his bike had been parked in Masaka City, at a petroleum station, which was beneath development and that’s the place a policeman connected to Masaka Central Police Station picked it up from.

“I believe one thing flawed may need occurred between him [Walugembe] and the police officer as a result of he has been working with them and a bike can not defy curfew guidelines when it’s parked within the compound solely ready to be taken inside,” Jjuuko stated.

He requested police to completely examine the reason for his brother’s demise and produce the errant officer to guide.
Walugembe was buried on Thursday on the household residence in Kyajubira burial grounds, Kabonera Sub-county, Masaka District. The burial ceremony was attended by some law enforcement officials and some family. The daddy, who suffers from diabetes and ulcers, missed the burial as he was nonetheless receiving medical consideration in Kampala.

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