Boda Boda cyclists in Kampala say they are ready to adhere to the
standard operating procedures set by the government as they wait to resume
operations next week.
On Tuesday President Yoweri Museveni announced the Boda Bodas would resume operations
on condition that they adhere to strict guidelines put in place by the government
to combat the spread of COVID-19.
riders must wear face masks and helmets, keep a
record of passengers they transport to enable health workers trace them in case
a rider tested positive for COVID-19. The riders will also stop operating at 6pm.
Alex Nuwagaba a Boda Boda rider in Bukoto says he will respect the
set SOPs and is already preparing to start work.
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Suleiman Kiwi, the chairman Century Boda Boda Cooperative in Lubaga division
says the reopening gives hope to several of their colleagues who have been
struggling to survive. He says they will abide by the SOPs.
However some of the cyclists note that the SOPs are tough and are
contemplating on how they will meet them.
James Mukisa, a Boda Boda rider at National Housing stage in
Kamwokya says thhat he can;t afford to buy sanitizers that range between 25,000 to 30,000 shillings.
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Peter Kasagga also a Boda Boda cyclist in Bukoto says the continued
ban on night operations will affect several cyclists. He says riders operate in
day and night shifts.
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Raymond Kasule who frequently uses Boda Bodas is excited about the
lifting of the ban but is concerned about sharing his details with the cyclists.
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Nicholas Opiyo a human rights lawyer also raises data privacy and security
concerns. He wonders how secure the passenger's data will be. Opiyo says if the government wants to
trace contacts, it should use people’s residences not means of transport.