Police suspends operation against bodaboda


Police across the country has suspended an ongoing operation to crack down errant bodaboda riders.

For close to a week now, there has been an ongoing operation against motorcycle riders who do not have driving permits, helmets or overloading among others.

However, the director of traffic police, Dr Steven Kasiima on Saturday said they had suspended the operation for two weeks to allow bodaboda riders process driving permits, buy crash helmets and also repair motorcycles in dangerous mechanical conditions.

The suspension comes on the heels of growing tension and resentment by bodaboda riders who claimed police started executing the operation without warning.
They also accused police of arresting them and impounding their motorcycles without giving them reasons.

But Dr Kasiima said the two weeks amnesty will be used by police to senstise motor riders on the necessary requirements for their smooth running of business.
The Kampala Metropolitan traffic police commander, Norman Musinga, who accompanied Dr Kasiima at the press briefing said they had impounded over 10,000 motorcycles in just one week in areas of Kampala, Entebbe, Wakiso and Mukono.

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