Protests Over Child’s Death At KCCA, MPs Demand Answers

As the family of the child who was run over by a Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) vehicle took their protest in Kampala to a second day yesterday, Parliamentarians put the city authority to task, demanding explanations over the shocking incident.

During a parliamentary session presided over by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, a section of legislators demanded for a “comprehensive statement” from the minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, on the criteria the authority uses to recruit law enforcement officers at KCCA.

Even before the Tuesday incident in which the life of two-year-old Ryan Ssemaganda was suddenly ended while his mother Madina Namutebi was under detention, KCCA law enforcers had come in for heavy criticism over the “brutality” with which they execute their duties.

Yesterday, MPs Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala, FDC) alongside Lubaga South’s Ken Lukyamuzi (CP) added their voices to the growing public outrage over the conduct of the law enforcers, who often seem to take the law into their hands.

“… We would like to know the method the KCCA uses in recruiting and who are the law enforcement officers and who recruits them,” said Muwanga.

Asking the government to “undertake to adequately compensate the family and that investigations are handled expeditiously,” Muwanga further complained about the way KCCA officials “confiscate the items of vendors” and the unclear manner in which they are being auctioned off.

Lukyamuzi proposed a “select committee of Parliament to investigate the brutality of KCCA law enforcement officers”

Deputy Speaker Oulanyah ruled that Tumwebaze, the minister who supervises KCCA, should make a comprehensive statement on the matter next week.

In an apology Wednesday, Tumwebaze described the death of the toddler as “an act of negligence which I do not take lightly,” and added that he had instructed police to launch an investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, a bid by politicians led by embattled Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago and the deceased’s family to take the body to Parliament was foiled after police officials led by Kampala South regional police commander James Ruhweza, blocked them from accessing parliamentary precincts.

Source : The Observer

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