Similarly, Bernard Opio also a boda boda motorcyclist at Odyek Ejang Market argues that most potential clients are finding it hard to trust boda boda riders with their luggage as they cannot be carried on the same motorcycle.
Boda boda motorcyclists in Lira are decrying the ban
on carrying passengers’ sayings its crippling their business.
On Friday, president Y.K Museveni banned all
motorcycle riders from carrying passengers as a means of controlling the spread
of COVID_19. Boda- boda were restricted to operate up to 5pm without carrying a
single passenger but only luggage.
As a result, most riders have opted to park their motorcycles
while some have defied the ban and carried passengers, as some angry ones argue that the
move is a smart way of destroying their businesses.
Oscar Odongo, a boda boda at Lira Main Street is
worried that surviving in the city will be hard because most of the sick,whom government has allowed to be carries by boda boda, will
be using their relatives to transport them to and from the health facility
while others already have their specific riders.
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John Ocen, another boda rider says that the
pronouncement has forced most of them to park their motorcycles because even
the luggage is not available for transportation.
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Similarly, Bernard Opio also a boda boda motorcyclist
at Odyek Ejang Market argues that most potential clients are finding it hard to trust
boda boda riders with their luggage as they cannot be carried on the same
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“I’m requesting the office of the president if it is
possible at least to allow us carry human beings while following the SOPs and
all the other directives otherwise we are going to die natural death.”
Molly Atoo a vegetable vendor believes that it is hard
to trust any boda boda rider with her properties especially during this hard saying
some can opt to disappear with all your goods.
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Meanwhile Morris Obua a business man in Lira says the
banning of boda boda from carrying passengers has also affected their business
since both businessmen and customers have only little time to interact for fear
curfew since all have to walk to and fro.
vendor identified as Adam Omony, shares the same view saying it is practically
impossible to operate a business without transport of persons.