In order to protect our source who prefers anonymity, we have altered his name and we shall refer to him as John throughout this piece. John is a bodaboda cyclist in Seeta and he was at the scene of the accident in real time.
An account of an eye witness disputes all the “twisted” facts surrounding the case against Judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga’s personal escort and driver that are implicated in an accident that claimed the life of a traffic police Constable Innocent Ayesigye on May 24, 2020, at Namanve along Kampala-Jinja highway .
“Police should release all the footage, it was a different car that rammed into the Judge’s car. It was a blue Ford that later whisked away after knocking down the traffic officer I can confirm that, I still remember the day like it was yesterday.”The Judge’s car did not Knock the Officer, his team was just helping” eye witness” John intimated
The Cameras are about 10 to fifteen metres away from the actual place where the accident, thus the images were clearly captured. Only if they were again off as they usually say in most cases that do not suit their interests.
John told Entebbe Post that he has been bothered by the way the Police has handled this particular case yet they actually know what really happened. He also told us that maybe Police is trying to pin the Judge because they have really failed to bring the real killer driver to book.
According to other people who were present at the scene confirmed that it was a UBD 896E Ford Escape blue in colour, they all share similar concerns on why Police is making efforts to make it stick on the Judge’s team.
What the Police Says:
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire, he confirmed that Constable Ayesigye was rammed into by the driver of motor vehicle UAS 597U Prado white in colour from behind throwing him into an oncoming motor vehicle UBD 896E Ford blue in colour .
It is alleged that one Byaruhanga Jesse Rugyema, a Mbale High court judge was the one driving the motor vehicle on the day our traffic officer was knocked. One officer and his driver have also been arrested to help with investigations. The judge has not yet recorded his statement on the matter,” A police source confirmed earlier without delving into details
According to the Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga and also AIGP Asan Kasingye confirmed that it was indeed Justice Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga behind the wheel on that fateful day.
What Judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga says:
In a statement released by Judge Byaruhanga he narrates that on his way from Zana to Mukono, he was in the company of his wife and bodyguard but as he approached Namanve, there was a traffic officer riding a motorcycle in front of him.
Upon approaching Namanve SGA motor vehicle inspection facility about 200 metres from a road CCTV camera, i saw an incoming motor vehicle from Mukono side being driven at a very high speed knock the traffic officer who was on the motorcycle,” the Judge intimated
He said he was behind the traffic officer at a distance of about 100 metres which made him clearly see the incident. He noted that the officer had tried to dodge a rough part of the road on his side and collided with the speeding car that left its part of the lane.
He further says that upon collision, he saw dust,glass fragments filling the atmosphere and the motorcycle flew to his vehicle on the driver’s side and scratched the vehicle as it rolled passed him. He further explained that he stopped to assess the condition of the victim who had been thrown into a ditch on the left-hand side of the road.
“My bodyguard tried to pull the injured traffic officer from the trench but humanely failed. He complained to me that the traffic officer got broken legs and that without gloves he could not do much. We agreed that we needed to seek help,” he said.
“I rushed to Seeta and I found a traffic officer called Acan and others on a patrol vehicle. I personally approached them and implored them to rush to the scene. I gave them my phone number for a follow-up. The police promised to alert me on every development and they rushed to the scene,” he said.
Byaruhanga noted that he immediately rang a traffic officer known to him by the names of Aheisibwe on whom he had passed along Kinawataka road whom he asked to mobilise his colleagues to go and help the victim (now deceased).He said the onlookers who had gathered around were photographing his car imagining that it is the one that knocked the traffic officer.
“In the meantime, I started seeing information attributed to the police on the social media which was to the effect that it is my vehicle which knocked the traffic officer. That my vehicle and its driver are being sought. This shocked me,” he said.
Later, on Tuesday, May 26, Byaruhanga said he got a call from Ms. Acan of Seeta Police seeking his presence.
“I dispatched my bodyguard and a driver by the names of Hamis to take my vehicle to the police and for the bodyguard to record a statement. To my surprise, upon reaching police, both were immediately detained. With this kind of development, I suspected foul play. It appeared to me that police of all institutions wanted to take advantage of my position and malign us by embarrassing me,” reads an excerpt.
Judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga continues to question the fact that police is not referring to any CCTV footage regarding the collision yet the accident occurred about 15 feet or thereabout from the camera?
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