Man loses hand to teargas canister

By: Sam CALEB OPIO

Kamuli: A taxi driver in Kamuli District yesterday lost a hand to a teargas canister as police battled striking drivers.

Mr Samiru Fuuwa, a driver at Kamuli Taxi Park got hold a canister that had been thrown by the police and as he tried to throw it back to the officers, it detonated, shattering his hand which was later amputated at Kamuli Hospital.

The riots that paralysed business in the park for three hours pitted the drivers against Tuliwalala Association which manages the park.

The drivers were protesting the alleged non-payment of welfare allowances and accountability by the association.

The injury to their colleague saw the drivers turn their anger to the police whom they accusing of using excessive force and called on their Woman MP also Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to restrain the police.

However, the district police commander, Mr Mohamed Nsubuga, defended the actions of the Force, saying they were creating order in the park.

He said they were holding four others for inciting violence and causing unnecessary commotion.

Mr Nsubuga called upon the town council countries to solve the park issues that have dragged on for sometime.

Source: Daily Monitor

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