Fr. Guma, who led the first Mass in Lugbara animated by Boda boda riders in Arua town at Christ the King parish on Sunday noted that several Boda boda riders continue losing their lives to thugs who make off with their bikes and money.
Priests during Eucharistic Procession in Arua.
Rev. Father Godfrey
Guma, the Curate of Christ the King Catholic Parish in Arua has vowed to
celebrate black mass should the attacks on innocent Boda boda riders struggling
to fend for their families continue.
Fr. Guma, who led the
first Mass in Lugbara animated by Boda boda riders in Arua town at Christ the
King parish on Sunday noted that several Boda boda riders continue losing their
lives to thugs who make off with their bikes and money.
Over 40 representatives
of Boda boda riders across denominations took up the task of animating the Mass
in Lugbara and asked the Clergy and Christians to pray for them in wake of
numerous threats to their lives. However, Fr. Guma asked Ugandans to put an end to murder of
Boda boda riders.
“You must stop killing the Boda boda riders. Otherwise we shall put on our
black vestments and say Black Mass if people continue killing them! Christians
should never do such an act,” said Fr. Guma. A Black Mass is
a ritual characterized by the inversion of the Traditional Latin
Mass celebrated by the Catholic Church.
It was popularized in French literature, in
books such as Satanism and Witch Craft by Jules Michelet in the 19th
century. Fr. Guma commended the Boda boda rider for organizing and animating the Mass
and contributing to a vehicle project for the Parish.
He urged them to place God
at the center of their work. He also urged Boda boda riders to have good
customer care, avoid being shabby and ride their passengers with discipline and
care. “Try to be a little smarter by dressing well, put on shoes and keep your hair
smart so that you are treated with respect and love,” Fr. Guma added.
The Priest also called on the Christians to respect the Boda boda riders in
their work and avoid undermining them as they do the same to their customers. The priests appeal follows two incidents in Aroi and Pajulu Sub Counties in
Arua district in the last two weeks, in which two Boda boda rider were killed
by their would be their passengers.
Police recovered several motorcycles, spare parts and number plates in the
homes of suspected assailants. The Boda boda industry in Arua and W. Nile has
experienced tremendous increase in the number of female riders amidst threats
to their lives.
According to police, the assailants of Boda boda riders take their motorbikes
and sell them either in DR Congo, South Sudan or northern and Eastern Uganda.