Police warns Boda-boda cyclists over planned protests in Kampala

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Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango; File Photo

Uganda Police has warned Boda-boda riders over a planned demonstration protesting government’s decision to maintain suspension on their operations.

The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says they have received credible information indicating that some politicians and opportunists are behind this demonstration which they will not allow to happen.

“The information we have is that these demonstrations are being planned, mobilized and sponsored by opportunistic people and some political individuals within Kampala Metropolitan Policing areas,” Onyango said.

He says the group is mobilizing Boda-boda cyclists to ferry protesters into the city to disrupt government efforts to contain the spread of Corona-virus at a time when there are systematic processes to ease the lock down.

“We want to appeal to Boda-boda operators not to be lured into illegal activities by opportunistic people, who are working for their own benefits,” he said.

Early this week, President, Yoweri Museveni lifted the ban on public transport but said Boda-bodas and Tuk-tuks will not be allowed to carry passengers but only cargo as it has been the case ever since the lock down was announced.

Currently, Boda boda motorists are restricted to delivery services and transporting passengers under emergency circumstances.

The decision to maintain the partial ban on their activities has not gone down well the Boda boda riders.

Onyango warned that police will not tolerate any criminal activities intended to disrupt government efforts in the fight against the spread of the Covid19 pandemic in the country which have been sucessful.

“We caution anyone who intends to engage in criminal activities that the long arm of the law will catch up with them,” Onyango warned.

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