Police in Kampala Metropolitan area have this morning swung into action to arrest Boda Boda riders for allegedly flouting the presidential directives.
The operation follows a police warning issued on Sunday June, 28 where riders and passengers were strongly warned to stop defying presidential directives. “Ministry of Health issued regulations that riders aren’t supposed to carry passengers since it could lead to spread of the Coronavirus due to lack of social distance,” part of the statement reads. “Several riders and passengers were arrested and detained at various Kampala Metropolitan police area. The suspects will be charged with disobedience of lawful orders and doing acts likely to spread infectious disease which is Coronavirus,” the statement adds.
In spite of the ban on Boda Boda, riders say they cannot sit back while loans and debts are piling on their necks. “How will we live. We have children to feed. If our passengers have face masks, where will the virus pass?,” asks Ssemakula of Century Boda riders association. “Taxis are operating, why not Boda Bodas?,” he adds.
In the sixteenth televised address on Corona, president Museveni maintained the restrictions on the Boda Boda industry and urged them to remain on cargo till the virus is totally kicked out with a ‘cure’. Cyclists however say, the ban is just political and intends to leave them frustrated and unemployed so that they do not indulge in political activities as case has been in the past when cyclists would show allegiance to the opposition People Power movement.