This must be his luckiest day. Gerald Kayondo was on Monday morning saved by police officers from an angry mob in Nansana, Wakiso District who wanted to lynch him after he allegedly hitting a taxi driver with a hoe on the head.
According to eye witnesses, trouble emerged after the taxi driver – a one Richard Seruga allegedly scratched the Prado vehicle of Kayondo registration number UAM 617D.
After the incident, the two first engaged in a verbal exchange but the situation got out of hand when Kayondo rushed to his car, picked a hoe and hit Seruga on the head.
This prompted the other people at the scene to intervene. Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says that Seruga was immediately rushed to a nearby health facility for treatment.
“After the incident, the residents rushed the victim to a nearby clinic for treatment and also started beating Kayondo. Police managed to save him from the angry mob but his car was burnt completely,” he said on Monday afternoon. Soon after the incident, social media was awash with reports that Kayondo was a security officer but Owoyesigyire and the Army spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire later denied this.
According to Owoyesigyire, Kayondo is currently detained at Nansana Police station as investigations into the matter continue.
This is not the first time someone is being attacked for allegedly scratching another person’s car in Kampala City.
In November 2016, Social Worker Kenneth Akena was allegedly shot by City businessman, Matthew Kanyamumnyu for scratching his car while parking at one of the busy Kampala Shopping Stores.
This incident again raises concerns over why people are quick to take matters in their hands and the rising crime rate in many parts of the country.