Paul Manyali from Bumasheti stage in Bumasheti Sub County says that he was riding with his colleague on a motorcycle when they were stopped by police at a checkpoint at Bududa hospital he was fined Shillings 300,000 and his counterpart Shillings 80,000.
Motorists in Bududa district have
complained over the varying fines levied on them by police officers for
flouting the COVID-19 guidelines. While announcing the 42 days nationwide
lockdown, president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni banned both public and private
He said Boda boda riders would only be
allowed to carry cargo and cease their operations by 5 pm. Museveni said those
who violate the guidelines will pay fines, which he didn’t stipulate. Now, motorists
in Bududa district say that police have taken advantage of the presidential
directives to charge them exorbitant fines.
Paul Manyali from Bumasheti stage in
Bumasheti Sub County says that he was riding with his colleague on a motorcycle
when they were stopped by police at a checkpoint at Bududa hospital he was
fined Shillings 300,000 and his counterpart Shillings 80,000.
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Joseph Wakubona, a Boda boda cyclist at Bukigai stage in Bukigai Sub County
complained about the discrimination by police while issuing the fines and
receipts. According to Wakubona, he was fined Shillings 40,000 at the check
point and another Shillings 50,000 at the police while recovering his
motorcycle that was impounded for flouting the curfew.
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Peter Wekona, a truck driver says that he was instructed to park his vehicle
after arriving in around 10 pm from Mbale while carrying maize flour. He says that his attempts to explain to the
police that his vehicle broke down along the road fell on deaf ears.
Juma Kuya, the chairperson of Bududa Boda
boda Association told URN that he also received several complaints from the
rider and asked police to stop mistreating his men, adding that they are
misinterpreting the presidential directives.
Gerald Mugisha, the officer in charge of
Bududa central police station told URN that they have not received the proposed
fines from the ministry of finance and are using those provided for in the traffic
rules and regulations. He explains that the fines vary because of the offence committed by the motorists.
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George William Wopuwa, the Bududa Resident District Commissioner who also
doubles as the District COVID-19 taskforce chairperson said he has not
received any complaints from motorists but promised to handle it as soon as it
is reported to his office by their leaders.
More than 20 motorcycles have been
impounded in Bududa for flouting the restriction, which are still pending
clearance by their owners.