Police in Mbale has
started handing back the motorcycles to riders that were impounded for flouting
the Covid19 presidential directives.
Over 300 motorcycles were impounded and kept at Mbale Central Police
Station since the lockdown started in March this year.
Most of the riders
were accused of violating the 5pm deadline set by the president for their
operations and carrying passengers.
Earlier on, Police had warned not to return
the motorcycles to the riders until the lockdown is lifted. It came after the riders turned violent and
started knocking police officers on duty.
Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, says they have decided to return
the motorcycles to the Boda boda riders after running out of space to keep
The riders will be required to pay
express penalty fees for contravening traffic regulations, present relevant
documents proving that the motorcycles belong to them and identity card before
they get them back.
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Some of the riders who URN found at Mbale Central Police Station trying to
secure their motorcycles expressed joy, saying the move by the police is a sign
that they will work together and that police understands their plight.
Bakar Wazisi, the Chairperson Bus Park Boda boda stage, said they are happy
that they have got back their motorcycles and pleaded with the president to
allow them to resume working because they are struggling to feed their
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John Bosco Shimiti, a rider from Mission cell said despite getting back his
motorcycle, it is unfair for police to ask for Shillings 40,000 from a person
whose motorcycle was impounded two months ago and haven’t been working.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.