Boda Boda motorcyclists in Jinja want security beefed up at what they call black spots where most of their friends have been killed and their motorcycles taken. Some of the areas mentioned include Malaria Unit, Nile Crescent, Kiira road, Magwa Crescent, Baxi road and along Kyabazinga highway in Jinja Municipality.
Boda Boda motorcyclists in Jinja want security beefed up at what they call black spots where most of their friends have been killed and their motorcycles taken.
Some of the areas mentioned include Malaria Unit, Nile Crescent, Kiira road, Magwa Crescent, Baxi road and along Kyabazinga highway in Jinja Municipality.
The roads are not busy during day and have no proper lighting at night which makes them a haven for people who want to steal motorcycles.
Robert Ngobi, Chairman Jinja central division Boda Boda association, says since the year began, six motorcyclists have been killed at these black spots, while 11 motorcycles have been stolen.
He says the latest victim was Fred Gumira, a 40-year-old resident of Bukaya village in Njeru town council, who was killed on Sunday night by unknown peoples at Malaria Unit.
Gumira, whose Bajaj Boxer motorcycle registration number UDW163N was also stolen, has been operating at Gokhale stage in Jinja town.
Ngobi says they have identified the black spots and now call for improved policing in these areas.
Asuman Musobya, a cyclist operating along Lubas road, says the policing should start with the Boda Boda motorcyclists themselves. He says some cyclists play the role of informers, by giving the criminals information at various stages in Jinja.
Magidu Sooka, another cyclist operating along Kutch road, says that he is aware of the black spots, but he sometimes forgets because he has to make money. He calls for proper lighting and road signs to be erected a few metres away from the spots, to remind motorcyclists to ride with caution.
Mohamed Said, Jinja municipal council Engineer, says road lighting can be improved for security purposes at night, but says there is no budget for erecting road signs.
He says budgeting has been done at both division and municipal local governments and the sign posts were not included.
Samson Lubega, South Eastern regional police spokesperson, says similar incidents have been reported in the region, with more than 50 deaths reported and 100 motorcycles stolen in 2012 alone. He says the trend is now on the rise after declining in 2011.
He says police has already sent operatives among the Boda Boda cyclists in the South Eastern region. He hopes they will give police proper feedback to fight the vice.
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