Sugarcane truck runs over traffic officer at checkpoint

Sunday June 13 2021
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The wreckage of the motorcycle on which PC Moses Dhediye was riding before he was knocked dead pictured on a police pickup. PHOTOS/ OPIO SAM CALEB

By Sam Caleb Opio

A 60-year-old traffic officer has died after a sugarcane truck he signaled to stop at a checkpoint ran over him.

Busoga north region police spokesperson, Mr Michael Kasadha identified the deceased as Police Constable Moses Dhediye attached to Kamuli Central Police Station.

The victim and other officers were manning a checkpoint at Nankulyaku zone along Kamuli-Bukungu road when he was knocked dead.

“PC Dhediye signaled the truck to stop but the driver snubbed. He and another armed officer gave a chase on a motorcycle and overtook the truck. They stopped ahead of it in attempt to block the driver but he instead ran over him,” Mr Kasadha said.

An eyewitness said Dhediye was knocked after the armed officer he was carrying on the passenger seat jumped off the bike as the truck approached them.

Dhediye was first rushed to Kamuli General Hospital but died on the way to Jinja regional referral hospital as he was being evacuated for better medical attention. 

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Police are hunting for the driver who is said to be on the run.

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The sugarcane truck that knocked the officer seen parked at Kamuli CPS

Kasadha attributed the fatal accident to human error although most of the officers who spoke to this reporter on conditions of anonymity attributed it to operational weakness.

The truck was impounded and taken to Kamuli CPS as investigations continue.

Dhediye’s body will be transported to Buliisa District for burial.


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