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Motorists In Bududa Complain Of Illegal Fines By Police

The motorists in Bududu have said police is simply fining motorists at their own rates instead of giving them official recipients as communicated by the president.


Motorists in Bududa district have decried the illegal fines by police.

On Sunday President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered that public vehicles will not inter cross through districts starting June 10th.

The motorists in Bududu have said police is simply fining motorists at their own rates instead of giving them official recipients as communicated by the president.

In his address on Sunday Museveni made it clear there will be no inter district travel as a away of limiting the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). He however said those who violate the directive shall pay fines in the bank.

Davis Wamono, a bodaboda cyclist said traffic police at Manafwa- Bududa high way intercepted him while he was coming from Manafwa and  threatened to arrest him if he does not pay a fine of 200,000.

According to Wamono he pulled out 50,000 shillings and paid something he said he knew is illegal but had no option. He said he was not given a receipt to pay in the bank like it was communicated by the president.

Emma Wabomba, said he was charged 100,000 by police for fear of losing his motorcycle while on his way to Manafwa district from Bududa.

Another boda boda cyclist Andrew Khaukha asked police to allow them carry more than one person but keep the SOPs as it has always been since their bosses want money every day.

Martin Wanda, a taxi driver in Mbale asked the government to expedite printing of receipts so as to minimize extorting by the police. 

He says he also paid 100,000 shillings even after requesting to be considered since he was not carrying anyone in his taxi but only wanted to drive it back home.

According to Gerald Mugisha, the O.C police Bududa Central Police Station, they have not yet received official fines receipts from their superiors in Kampala.  He however said he is not aware of police  extorting money from motorists.

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