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Mukono Boda boda Riders Set New Rules to Eliminate Criminals

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Moses Musasizi, the Chairperson Mukono Municipality Boda boda’s Association, says they have decided to put more emphasis on registration of all members after discovering that a number of masqueraders have infiltrated their operations.

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Boda boda riders under Mukono Municipality Boda boda’s Association have tightened rules governing their association to safeguard themselves against intruders.

Moses Musasizi, the Chairperson Mukono Municipality Boda boda’s Association, says they have decided to put more emphasis on registration of all members after discovering that a number of masqueraders have infiltrated their operations.

According to Musasizi, they have imposed restrictions on creation of new stages in the municipality as well as ensuring that all riders present their national identity cards, recommendation from their local council-LC I chairperson,  photos and 2 passport photos.  

He says once unregistered person is identified at the stage, the stage chairperson is fined Shillings 50, 000 and forced to resign. 

Musasizi also says they have set a fine of Shillings 20,000 for riders who are found guilty of operating drunk. 

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The regulations also bar riders from making long journeys without helmet since most of the victims of attacks have been hit on the head. Riders making long trips are expected to brief their stage chairperson or any other members present.   

Samuel Ssali, a Boda boda rider at Collins Cell in Mukono Central Division, says the regulations have been in place, but there was reluctance to enforce them.  

"Security starts with us and then the people surrounding us.  Once we cooperate it becomes easy to detect ill hearted people among us to make our work desirable," Ssali reasons.  

Steven Ssekikubo, another Boda boda rider, says spare part kiosks should be abolished and investigated to find where they get second hand spare parts.

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Emmanuel Mbonye the Mukono District Speaker believes Boda boda riders are taken for granted since their business is not registered by government and is free from tax revenue.

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The new rules come at the time when Boda boda operators across the country are under increasing attack from motorcycle robbers.

In many areas riders have lost their lives to iron bar hit men and others sustained severe injuries.  

On August 11, 2019, Isaac Tumwesi, a Boda boda rider in Mukono was hit three times on the head by two passengers he was taking to Kojja in Ntenjeru Sub County.

The attackers made off with his motorcycle registration number UEW 822A.  

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