Hussein Walugembe, a 29-year-old motorcycle rider in Uganda, has died after setting himself on fire inside a police station, where he had gone to demand the release of his impounded motorcycle.
According to Ugandan press, Walugembe’s motorcycle was confiscated in the South-western district of Masaka, about 134km from the capital, Kampala, on June 29, 2020.
According to the police, Walugembe had lent his bike to a friend, who was arrested while using it to carry a passenger during COVID-19 lockdown.
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Walugembe reportedly became frustrated with the police after visiting the station several times to demand the release of the motorcycle.
On July 2, he visited the station and locked himself in a room, before setting himself ablaze using petrol concealed in a water bottle and match sticks.
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An officer, who was with him at the time suffered minor injuries, with several files and computers also destroyed.
Paul Kangave, regional police spokesperson, commenting on the incident, said it is investigating the allegation that some of its officers were asking for a $40 bribe to release the bike.