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Kazo Man Sets Self Ablaze In Protest Over Express Penalty

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A 23-year-old soap vendor is nursing burns at Kazo Health Centre IV in Kazo district after setting himself ablaze.

He has been identified as Mugisha Akora, a resident of Umoja village-Nyakasanga Ward in Kasese district.

Mugisha was intercepted by the traffic police along Kazo – Ibanda Highway for riding a motorcycle without a helmet and a facemask and given an express penalty ticket of 40,000 Shillings which he had to pay in the bank.

But as soon as he was told to go, Mugisha went to the nearby bush and lit the fire using reserve fuel he carried in a bottle, according to the officer in charge of traffic at Kazo Police Station Charles Drabo.

The officers came to his rescue albeit after sustained severe injuries.

This is the second cases of self-immolation within a space of three weeks. The first was Hussein Walugembe, a guard at a construction site who burnt himself in the office of Ibrahim Ssesanga, the officer in charge of traffic Police in Masaka, after failing to convince him to return his motorcycle.

Walugembe’s bodaboda was impounded on June 30, by a traffic officer Julius Ewalu after finding it at a petrol station beyond curfew time.

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