Some of the boda boda riders in Kasese municipality are complaining that they are not benefiting from a state house loan scheme that was started during the February election campaigns.
While on a campaign tour of the district, President Yoweri Museveni gave boda boda cyclists 20 million shillings to start up a loan scheme.
The cyclists are now complaining that the money, which was given to all of them, is benefiting just a few.
Peter Masereka, a motorcyclist at Rukoki stage says he was shocked to hear that some of his colleagues were getting motorcycles secretly. Masereka says he doesn’t know the criteria used to give out the loans.
Robert Mugabe, another cyclist from Bulembia division blamed the people in charge of the scheme for concentrating in the centre of town yet the project is meant to benefit the entire municipality.
While handing over the twelve motorcycles that were bought with the 20 million shillings, Kasese deputy resident district commissioner, Aminadabu Muhindo blamed boda boda riders for boycotting the function that was aimed at assisting them financially.
Muhindo warned the first beneficiaries to change their behavior and stop over-speeding.
Ahmed Amin, the chairperson Kasese municipality boda boda riders savings and credit cooperative said the beneficiaries are the first twelve riders, who paid commitment fee of 500,000, share of 10,000, account opening fee of 5000, membership fee of 5000 and stationery costs of 2000 shillings.
Benjamin Muhindo, the Kasese district commercial officer in charge of co-operative development said the reason they opened a SACCO for boda boda cyclists is to encourage and instill in them a culture of saving.