Police Halts Crackdown on Boda Bodas

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Dr Kasiima said that police was compelled to halt the exercise, after almost two weeks of the operation, to address complaints from the riders. Several riders said they were not consulted or even warned, before the operation. They had planned a demonstration against the exercise on Monday.

The police crackdown on bodaboda cyclists, who do not have helmets, permits and insurance has been halted, the Director, Traffic Police, Dr Steven Kasiima says.

Dr Kasiima said that police was compelled to halt the exercise, after almost two weeks of the operation, to address complaints from the riders. Several riders said they were not consulted or even warned, before the operation.  They had planned a demonstration against the exercise on Monday.

"We have impounded over 10,000 motorcycles since the exercise started. We have now decided to give the riders two weeks to acquire the necessary documents. They should go and process their driving permits, buy helmets and register in driving schools," he said.

The crackdown of the motorcycles has been done to apprehend errant motorists who disobey traffic regulations leading to accidents.

But Kyaligonza Julius, a motorcyclist within Kampala says police needs to sensitize riders on the requirements for the industry before applying force.
 
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Kasujja Lawrence, another rider says that police should also create a department where they can pay fines in cases where their motorcycles are impounded. He notes that lack of a clear fine system has led to double payment.
 
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Kampala metropolitan area alone is estimated to have between 50,000-80,000 motorcycles.

Statistics from the Mulago National Referral Hospital indicates that the facility records at least 15 accident victims on a daily basis. Most of these end up in surgery while at least two of them die on average every week.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).