The owners of the impounded Kenyan registered motorcycles are being subjected to a fine of between Shillings 300,000 and Shillings 600,000. This has prompted many of the motorcycle owners to hide them for fearing of being impounded by URA and paying the hefty fines.
Over 1,000 Boda-boda riders in Busia have deserted the business because
of the ongoing operations by Uganda Revenue Authority-URA to Kenyan registered
According to URA estimates, there are over 2000 Kenyan registered
motorcycles operating illegally in Busia district.
The owners of the impounded
Kenyan registered motorcycles are being subjected to a fine of between
Shillings 300,000 and Shillings 600,000.
This has prompted many of the
motorcycle owners to hide them for fearing of being impounded by URA and paying
the hefty fines.
George Magero, the chairman Nekuku stage in Lunyo sub-county, says over 50 Kenyan
registered motorcycles have been operating on their stage.
He, however, says that the
riders have hidden the motorcycles because of the operations. Less than 5
riders with Uganda registered motorcycles are operating on the stage.
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Joseph Ojambo, the chairperson Busia Joint Motorcycle Boda-boda rider’s
association, says that the operations have affected their operations especially
in trading centers in rural areas.
He appealed to Busia district authorities to
intervene because the Boda-boda industry had employed several youths in the
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James Wabwire, a Boda-boda rider says that the motorcycle business has enabled
him to sustain his family, saying that he doesn’t have any alternative should
the tax body take his motorcycle.
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Geoffrey Ongwabe, the National Chairperson cross border trade says that they
have engaged URA and heads of security to at least relax the operations
targeting Kenyan registered motorcycles and the sensitise the riders on the right
procedure to own a motorcycle with foreign number plates.
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Duncan Kakonge, the URA Manager Eastern region, says that the riders were given
a grace period of 3 months and sensitized through local radio stations to legalize
their bikes but they remained adamant.