Police in Jinja is holding the driver of its police patrol car for driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently causing multiple accidents.
David Kasirye the driver of police car registration number UP 2656 was arrested on Sunday morning after causing multiple accidents following a drinking spree in Jinja.
It is alleged that after a drinking spree, Kasirye knocked down a motorcycle registration number UDS 790L at Kutch road in Jinja, he then knock several kiosks at Jinja Taxi Park before knocking a parked commuter taxi registration number UAP 942H near Total fuel station.
Soweedi Balikoowa a motorcycle rider of UDS 790L sustained multiple injuries while his motorcycle was severely damaged in the front wheel. He now demands that police compensate him with a new motorcycle and covers the cost of his treatment.
Bakaali Mawa the driver of a commuter taxi is demanding for 43 million shillings for his treatment and his car that was spoilt.
Alex Twebaze, The Kiira Regional Police Commander says statements have been taken from eyewitnesses and victims of accidents which the police car knocked. The statements will be used in the impending trial.
He adds that Kasirye’s conduct contradicts the police professional code of conduct which bur’s police personnel from drinking and driving
Twebaze explains that Section 112 of the 1998 Traffic Control and Road Safety Act states that Act any person who drives a vehicle when the amount of alcohol in their blood exceeds the prescribed limit at the time he or she provides the specimen commits an offence.
The limit in Uganda is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. David Kasirye had reportedly exceeded the limit
Kasirye is being held at Nalufenya police station in Jinja.
In 2008 145 police officers were sent to attend a mandatory rehabilitation program at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi to cure them of alcoholism and laziness.
The officers in the rehabilitation program were drawn from Kampala Extra region, while 36 others are from the Criminal Investigations Directorate and Bushenyi Police Station.
Dr. Michael Osinde Jinja medical director says he will spend at least six months in hospital after sustaining multiple fractures on all his legs.
In June 2013 Fort Portal Grade one magistrate’s court remanded a police officer to Katoojo government prison on charges of reckless driving. The accused is Stephen Mwesige, No.24283, a police driver who was attached to Karugutu police station in Ntoroko.