The implicated Boda boda riders are fined between Shillings 300,000 and 600,000 to recover and register their impounded motorcycles. According to URA, there is an estimated 2000 Kenyan registered motorcycles operating illegally in Busia town alone.
Boda boda riders with Kenyan registered motorcycles from the border towns of
Busia and Malaba have taken refuge in Bududa district following the crackdown by
Uganda Revenue Authority- URA. Recently, URA started impounding the Kenyan
registered motorcycles for operating illegally inside Uganda’s territorial
Boda boda riders are fined between Shillings 300,000 and 600,000 to recover and
register their impounded motorcycles. According to URA, there is an estimated
2000 Kenyan registered motorcycles operating illegally in Busia town alone.
The operations in both border towns have pushed the riders in the neighbouring Bududa
district. Richard Khayemba, one of the riders of a Kenyan registered motorcycle
from Malaba asked why URA is going after them at a time when they also want to
get profit, better their families and take their children to school.
//Cue in: “khwafuniemo shizibu abe…
Cue out: … khumisewo tsifamili tseffe,”//.
Another rider who preferred anonymity expressed dissatisfaction with URA and
wondered why the operation is being conducted now yet they have been operating
for some time without any problem.
Duncan Kakonge, URA manager in charge of Eastern region said they are aware
that several riders have moved to other districts following their crackdown. He vowed
to follow the riders wherever they are until they fully register their motorcycles.
Nuwahereza, the Bududa District Police Commander, says they intend to launch an
operation to impound the motorcycles. He says they intend to see with URA to
decide how and when to conduct the operations.
Many riders opt to buy and register their motorcycles in Kenyan where they are
relatively cheaper. A motorcycle in Kenya
costs Uganda Shillings 3.5 million compared to Shillings 4.85 million in Uganda.