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Another Man Tries to Burn Self at City Hall

A 24-year-old taxi driver on Monday attempted to commit suicide by setting himself alight in Kampala.

The man, now in police custody has been identified as Mutwahilu Bogere Wasswa.

He is the chairman of Bweyogerere Bukasa stage in Old Taxi park, in Kampala

Kampala Metropolitan Police says the man went in front of City Hall, with a five litre jerry can of petrol and match box with intention to set himself ablaze.

“He was protesting operation on public service vans without route charts on Burton Street by Kampala Capital City Authority. We were informed and picked him before he could set himself ablaze,” said KMP Spokesman Patrick Onyango

Bogere was detained at Central Police Station in Kampala on attempted suicide offences.

At the start of this month, a man identified as Hussein Walugembe set himself on fire inside Masaka Central Police Station and killed himself.

He accused police of impounding his motorcycle and demanding a bribe before handing it back to him.

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In a statement today, Mr Onyango urged members of the community not take their lives for matters that can be handled amicably handled by the concerned authorities.

He also urged taxi operators to register their vans with the Ministry of Works and Transport for free so that they are get route charts.

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