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Gunshots As Boda Boda Rioters Storm Kampala Streets

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Chimp Corp Nixon Segawa reports that boda boda riders are now engaging police in running battles in suburbs of Wandegeya, Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road, Mulago, Bwaise and Kawempe.

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They accuse police of impounding their bikes which is their only source of livelihood.

Boda boda riders also claim police officers ask for huge bribes before releasing their motorcycles.

The riots have briefly paralyzed business and grounded traffic in the affected areas.

Police is now making good use of teargas and bullets to disperse the surging rioters who are moving in several mobile groups.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander AIGP Andrew Kaweesi on April 2 announced a protracted clampdown on what he described as dangerous and reckless practices by motorcyclists in the city.

He accused the riders of causing several accidents in Kampala.

The protesters say they won’t leave the street until their colleagues who have been jailed over traffic offences and impounded motorcycles released.

Kaweesi said the battle against insubordinate and unruly boda boda riders is aimed at increasing public safety in Kampala.

“Spot checks will be performed by traffic police at various locations across the city to ensure motorcyclists are legally compliant and fully operational within the provisions of their public service vehicle (PSV) licenses,” said Kaweesi.

He added the main offences which traffic police will be concentrating on include riding or being carried in a dangerous position on a motorcycle.

The penalty for this offence is Shs20, 000 while careless or inconsiderate use of a motorcycle will attract a Shs40, 000 fine.

“Carrying passengers on a motorcycle without an operator’s license (PSV) will attract a fine of Shs40, 000 and riding a boda boda in a dangerous mechanical condition will see the offender pay Shs50, 000,” noted Kaweesi.

The police boss also warned riding a motorcycle without a valid driving permit or insurance will cause a Shs40, 000 penalty.

“It is imperative that we immediately address this issue to ensure safety of motorcyclists, passengers and by-standers alike,” said Kaweesi.

The better part of road accidents in Kampala city is caused by reckless boda boda riders.

Hundreds have sustained broke limbs, jaws and others lost lives due to irresponsible boda boda riders.

Police authorities say over 2,000 bikes have so far been confiscated since April in several police operations.

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