A riot broke out downtown Kampala on Friday after a woman fell and drowned in a trench in a chase by Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] enforcement officers.
The woman has been identified as Olivia Basemera, a single mother of three children.
Vendors turned rowdy and rioted in protest of heavy-handedness by KCCA enforcers when dealing with traders, something the authority denied.
The vendors later fished Basemera’s body out of the drainage channel and tried to carry it to City Hall.
Police intercepted them, fired bullets and tear gas to disperse them. The body was then taken by KCCA to the city mortuary.
“Kampala Capital City Authority has this afternoon learnt of the sad death of a lady (yet to be identified) that happened at Nakivubo Channel around Mukwano,” KCCA said in a statement.
At the time of the incident, it is alleged that there was a vehicle belonging to KCCA at the Jinja Road Traffic Junction.
KCCA said it has forwarded the matter to Uganda Police for investigation.
“KCCA extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.”
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This came at the same time a video of a KCCA worker slapping a woman in a corridor of a mall circulated on social media.
KCCA has not yet explained the authenticity of the video.
In 2014, a two-year-old child was crashed at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) court premises.
The child, whose mother had been arrested by KCCA law enforcers for hawking merchandise within the city centre, was overrun by the official vehicle of the KCCA publicist, Peter Kauju.
In 2016, a video circulated depicting brutality meted out on a female street vendor by KCCA officers.
The authority responded by suspending four officers; Fred Kabiito, Rogers Maganda, Florence Nakiwala and Eva Nalukenge, pending investigations into their conduct.