Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that more than 500 motorcycles have remained unclaimed at different police stations in Kampala Metropolitan area, posing a challenge of space at the stations.
More than 500 motorcycles impounded over time by police on Traffic and COVID-19 related offenses are to be auctioned off.
Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that more than
500 motorcycles have remained unclaimed at different police stations in Kampala
Metropolitan areas which has become a challenge of space at these stations.
Most of the unclaimed
motorcycles were impounded by security during the enforcement operations of Covid-19
guidelines. Others were impounded on charges of obscuring number plates, and
other different traffic offenses committed on the roads.
allows the police to write to court to auction abandoned vehicles or motorcycles.
More than 50 of the motorcycles are at Central Police Station in Kampala, 40
are at Katwe Police Station and 30 are at Nateete Police Station. The rest are
scattered at police stations across Kampala Metropolitan area.
explains that they are currently working with Uganda Revenue Authority and the judiciary
to come up with the official list of motorcycles being held by police, and
those that will not be claimed within the next few months will be auctioned
become a challenge to our stations, the motorcycles are growing in number everyday, so
the management has decided to work with URA to take details of these motorcycles,
then after we shall work with the magistrate’s office, after six months, then
we shall have no option but auctioning these motorcycles as the law indicates," Owoyesigyire said.
explains that investigations have established that most of unclaimed motorcycles
are suspected to be stolen, the reason why riders don’t show up with proper
documentation of ownership.
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for the motorcycles to be released, owners must present documents of ownership,
or pay fines in regard to the traffic offence committed on the road. However, the
bodaboda operators who spoke to Uganda Radio Network-UN say the fines are too
high for them to pay and many of them have failed to claim their motorcycles.
a bodaboda operator in Kyebando, claims that the police have in the past
impounded his motorcycle for very flimsy reasons. He says the fines are too
high for him to pay and reclaim his motorcycle.
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a bodaboda operator who used to be based at city square in Kampala, accuses the police of thuggery.
He said his motorcycle had almost all the requirements, but it was still
confiscated during the second lock-down at Wandegeya traffic, and until now he has failed to secure it back.
“Since my motorcycle
was impounded I have on several times tried to secure it, but police keeps on
adding different offenses and requirements like renewed permit, license,
insurance, and other things that amount to 3,000,000 shillings which i can’t
afford now, so it means I will lose my motorcycle," he lamented.
Lubega the chairman of Rubaga Division boda-bodas operators concurs with the police
decision saying that there is no way a rider can fail to pay a fine of 100,000sh
to claim his motorcycle once he is the genuine owner.
that it’s the right decision by the police to sell off these motorcycles to many
unemployed Ugandans that need to work.
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Lawrence Niwabiine, the acting Director of Traffic Police said boda-boda
cyclists were the biggest group that violated traffic and road safety
regulations as well as the COVID-19 orders.