Bodaboda operators around the Lira Chief Magistrate's Court say their business has been severely hit by the ongoing suspension of judicial activities.
The judicial strike was announced on Friday in response to last week's siege of the High Court in Kampala by armed police officers. This morning, the Lira Chief Magistrate Gabriel Nyipir adjourned hearing of all cases that were brought before him.
The usually busy and crowded Lira Chief Magistrate's Court, which also houses the Grade I magistrate's court and the Land Tribunal, are deserted.
Emmy Oryem, one of the assistant clerks at Lira Chief Magistrate's court, says about 100 people throng the court on a busy day. He says there is usually good business for the boda boda cyclists who transport the people to and from the court.
Jimmy Ogwang, one of the bodaboda cyclists at Lira Magistrates Court stage, says he earns 5,000 by on a good day. He says the closure of the courts could have an adverse impact on their earnings.
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Several bodaboda cyclists have been forced to temporarily relocate to the other stages in the town.