Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) on Monday arrested three
suspected ringleaders of more than 100 Bodaboda riders who were matching to the
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
The riders who were holding placards with images of some of their colleagues
recently killed or injured by thugs among others Derrick Mulindwa, who was
strangled last week in Mengo wanted Kadaga to compel police to produce report
Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, identified
the arrested riders as Sadat Katabala, Moses Jjemba and Hassan Wasswa.
Owoyesigyire said the motorcyclists staged a protest without authorization from
Uganda Police Force and had blocked several roads with their crowd.
Police said the trio will be charged with inciting violence and unlawful
assembly because they did not follow Public Order Management Act (POMA) that
regulates gathering where a clearance must be obtain from Inspector General of
Cue in “Central Police Station…
Cue out…picking others on
However, Ben Kintu, a Bodaboda rider at Wilson Road who survived arrest, said
they had severally written to CPS police seeking clearance over their peaceful
demonstration in vain.
Kintu said several of their colleagues have been killed or harmed
by thugs that target them during day and night hours.
Cue in “Nze Kintu Ben….
Cue out…zitegebwe nga buli
Under their pressure group Team Hakuna Mchezo, the cyclist said they have tried
to work with police in vain. Kintu said they are not politicking but they just
want to secure while doing their job because they have families.
Hassan Ssemakula, also Bodaboda rider said there is need to end attacks on them
by thugs because offering transport services is the only job they know but it
had now become very risky.
Last week, Bodaboda riders lynched two suspected motorcycle
robbers in Lukuli-Buziga Road and Nnabingo along Kampala-Masaka highway.
At least 481 cases of motorcycle robbery were recorded by Criminal
Investigations Directorate (CID) in 2018 representing a 20 percent increase
compared to 386 cases of 2017. Out of 481 motorcycle robbery cases, Kampala
contributed one hundred seventy-five.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.