KAMPALA: The presidential convoy on Monday, September 12, 2022, knocked and injured three people on a Bodaboda along the Northern Bypass.
A video clip that has made rounds on social shows three people on the tarmac struggling for dear life while crying out for help, while one of the victims lay on the tarmac motionless. “The president’s convoy has knocked people at the Northern Bypass. The toilet driver is the one who knocked them. The other vehicles had passed but the ‘toilet’ driver has knocked these people. The toilet driver has knocked these people…,” a woman is heard repeatedly saying in Luganda in a shaky voice.
In the video also, soldiers dressed in Special Forces Command- SFC and Presidential Protection Unit –PPU are at the scene.
Senior Superintendent of Police –SSP Rogers Nsereko Kawuma, the Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander said the convoy knocked the bodaboda rider and his passengers at around 11:00 am at Masanafu, which is between Busega and Namungoona.
Kawuma explained that all the passengers and the rider on the Bodaboda were evacuated to the hospital but with serious injuries. “No one died, the passengers are still alive but with serious injuries and the president wasn’t in the convoy; it was an empty convoy,” Kawuma said.
Following the incident, natives criticized the crash emphasizing that right of way is not a right to kill.
Commenting on a one Samson Kasumba-Mulun posted on Twitter saying: “In this video, they speak of the President’s convoy knocking Ugandans. I’ve spoken severally about caution on our roads. How many more Ugandans are we going to lose to VVIP convoys? Say what you will but these people have relatives! They could have been saved!
It may end badly!”
Dr. Dan Elly Aniku also posted on Twitter saying: “Two month back the same presidential convoy killed my Auntie a nurse going to work. Whereas the president has right of way, I am not sure whether they have right kill. The only thing they were remorseful about was a He goat they knocked between mukono and Seeta.”
Speaking about a He goat they knocked between Mukono and Seeta, in 2020, President Museveni compensated a man after his goat was knocked. The owner was paid 800,000 shillings.
The President is guaranteed right of way and road users are at all times advised to give way to his convoy. However, sometimes boda boda riders and drivers tend to miscalculate the distance remaining for the convoy to pass and they end up getting knocked.