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Transport Ministry Cautions Boda Boda Riders on Use of Stimulants

Michael Kamoga, a road safety officer at the Ministry said many bodaboda riders tend to be misled that they can fight fatigue using drugs.
Safe Way Right Way Programmes Coordinator Susan Tumuhairwe addressing Kawempe bodaboda riders

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The Ministry of Works and Transport has cautioned boda boda riders against using stimulants to be energized and stay awake for long hours. 

Michael Kamoga, a road safety officer at the Ministry said many bodaboda riders tend to be misled that they can fight fatigue using drugs.

“I want to tell you that there is no alternative for fatigue and sleep. If you are feeling sleepy, kindly take some rest. Drugs do not keep you awake. Drugs do not give you energy. If the body is feeling weak, please go and rest,” Kamoga said.

Kamoga was on Thursday addressing bodaboda riders from Kawempe Division who attended a sensitization workshop organized by Safe Way Right Way. The workshop focused on the importance of wearing a crash helmet, proper use of road signage, and respecting traffic regulations.

Bodaboda riders were cautioned against wearing sandals or open shoes because they do not give them support when there is an attempt to prevent a fall. Kamoga said sometimes a bodaboda is hit and wants to prevent himself from falling but the sandals cannot help.

“Okuvuga bodaboda…

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Godfrey Ssekajja, the Traffic Police Regional Police Commander for KMP North said many bodaboda riders think they are enemies with police. Sekajja said when the riders wear a helmet, they save their head which is a very delicate part of the body.

“You might lose a leg but not the head. Whenever you are riding your motorcycle just know you are not my enemy and I am not your enemy. When we come to enforce traffic laws, it doesn’t mean you are our enemies or we are your enemies. We are partners in the transport sector,” Sekajja said.

Kamoga and Sekajja said boda boda riders are some of the arrogant or stubborn road users. This they said is based on the fact that for years many riders have not heeded to wearing helmets. 

Kamoga also cited an example of the Northern Bypass flyovers where boda boda riders have been restricted from using but they have not obeyed the advice.

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Susan Tumuhairwe, the program coordinator for Safe Way Right Way, reminded boda boda riders that wearing crash helmets is not for purposes of bypassing police but it is for their own safety.

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Godfrey Ojiambo, the Kawempe Division bodaboda leader said many of his colleagues do not know how to use the roads and have no clue on road signage. He said there is a need for continuous sensitization for bodaboda riders on safety measures.

Sekajja also cautioned bodaboda riders against ganging up on drivers who knock their colleagues but do not act in the same way when their own knock pedestrians who are on many occasions victimized on pavements.

In 2021, a study by Makerere University revealed that one in ten Boda Boda riders operating in Kampala use cannabis, cocaine, Crystal methamphetamine, or other addictive drugs.

The main triggers of drug use, the riders reported were they wanted to be energized and stay awake for long hours while some said they were stress relievers. 

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