Uganda Police warn boda boda cyclists threatening to strike over tight COVID-19 measures imposed on them.
The Uganda Police has issued a strong warning to all boda boda cyclists threatening to strike against the President’s decision to limit their operations to transporting only cargo and luggage.
During his recent address to the nation, President Yoweri Museveni allowed boda boda riders to resume their operations up to the curfew time however, transporting only cargo and luggage from one destination to another.
Part of that day’s address, the President also allowed private and public transport to resume operations provided the privately owned cars carry only three people while the taxis and minibuses carry half their required capacity.
Museveni, in particular, pinpointed that the decision on boda bodas was harsh but inevitable because unlike other means of transport, they cannot maintain social distancing.
However, a section of boda boda operators in recent weeks have come out to question the President’s integrity indicating that their means of transport are safer as compared to the minibuses and taxis which carry relatively more people.
Besides, they claim that boda bodas are not enclosed which enables them to have strong access to aeration thereby easily winding off the virus in case one of the two people sitting on it is infected with the coronavirus something that might be hard when in a taxi or a bus.
And as a result, they plan to strike against the decision made by the government insisting that it was unfair and not justifiable enough.
However, in the wake of events, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, has warned that they have already received information about opportunities and other politicians who are planning to spearhead strikes against the eased lockdown measures.
According to Onyango, these are the same people who are mobilizing hard-hit business owners including the boda boda owners to demonstrate against government’s directives to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
“The information we have is that these demonstrations are being planned, mobilised and sponsored by opportunistic people and some political individuals within Kampala Metropolitan Policing areas.
“We want to appeal to Boda boda operators not to be lured into illegal activities by opportunistic people, who are working for their benefits,” Onyango said adding that the law is going to hold all those involved accountable.
“We caution anyone who intends to engage in criminal activities that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.”