Police has released fourteen names of boda boda cyclists suspected of killing former UN driver Aziz Bashir.
Bashir 40, was allegedly murdered on October 17, 2021 by a mob in Mengo along Wakaliga road.
Eye witnesses said the incident happened after the deceased got involved in a scuffle with the cyclists after one of them brushed his car.
According to mr Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, the suspects are currently under detention on charges ranging from murder, malicious damage and theft of car parts.
He identified them as; No. 51582 D/C Kanywasi Dan, Mutebi Martin, Talemwa Asafu, Waswa Samuel, Muto Richard, Wajabu Jackson, Kasolo Asuman, Nsubuga Ivan, Ssebugwawo Jimmy, Balilonda Emmanuel, Lugango Julius, Miyingo Joseph, Wejjuli Hilary and Ssentongo Henry.
Enanga revealed that the suspects in custody were traced and nabbed using footage captured on video by revelers as well as CCTV cameras.
He however noted that efforts are underway to track down more suspects including the initial bodaboda rider who brushed the victims car, those who gave him a chase, and those who subdued and stoned him to death.
“We hope the arrests made so far, will serve as a strong lesson to all motorists especially bodaboda riders, that there are legal consequences to acts of road rage, especially when that rage turns violent,” Mr Enanga said on Monday.
To the motorists, Mr Enanga cautioned them to be mindful of the danger road rage poses to other road users.
He attributed it to lack of patience and civility on the country’s roads, where every motorist assumes to be above the traffic laws. “We also want to urge all motorists to figure out how to de-escalate, tense situations on the roads, before it gets out of control,” he said.
“As the Joint Security Agencies, we will not tolerate such kinds of careless and reckless behaviour on our roads. These arrests are a reminder that we will be relentless in preventing and solving violent crime in the country,” Enanga warned.