Police to continue arresting boda boda passengers
Police announced that they will continue arresting boda boda cyclists and the passengers being transported. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

Uganda Police announced that they’ll continue arresting boda boda cyclists transporting people and the passengers being transported.

Last week, Uganda Police announced that they had arrested more than 106 motorcyclists and passengers from the Kampala Metropolitan Area for carrying passengers and travelling on boda boda respectively defying the presidential directive on public transport.

Earlier while declaring the current eased measures of the lockdown, President Museveni made it clear that boda bodas will remain operational but only transporting cargo from one destination to another.

Museveni explained then that since it was inevitable for them (boda bodas) to observe social distancing, they shouldn’t carry passengers until that time when the government feels it’s necessary and safe.

However, in recent weeks many riders more so those operating around the suburb areas of Kampala have taken it upon themselves to defy the directive and on a daily, they transport people from one destination to another.

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Meanwhile, in the wake of happenings, the police have made it clear that they are going to tighten all their roadblocks including those outside the city centres to crackdown on motorists and pedestrians flouting COVID-19 rules.

Police to continue arresting boda boda passengers
Police announced that they will continue arresting boda boda cyclists and the passengers being transported. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

According to the Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, besides remanding the cyclists who fall, victim, they are also going to begin arresting every single passenger caught sitting on a boda boda.

The police earlier said that about 557 motorcycles were impounded for defying the directives in place and that they are currently being kept at different police stations.

“We are going to continue doing so because that’s the only way we are going to promote fear among the public to stop flouting the guidelines to protect the health of Ugandans,” Enanga said while speaking at the Joint Security briefing held at the Uganda Media Centre yesterday.

“On the other hand, 238 people were arrested outside the Kampala metropolitan area for violating different restrictions such as religious group gatherings, moving beyond curfew times and carrying passengers among others.” 

Ever since the lockdown measures were eased, many Ugandans more so those whose businesses were allowed to resume seem to have forgotten the about the existence of the coronavirus.

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They have neglected directives in place such as maintaining social distance, washing hands with soap and wearing masks while in public to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, recently warned that the negligence displayed by Ugandans in recent weeks promotes favourable grounds for more COVID-19 infections and as a result, the government might consider another lockdown in case people continue to defy the preventive measures in place.