Night Travel Restrictions Irk Kabale Residents

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Kabale District Police Commander Dickens Bindeeba told Uganda Radio Network that intelligence information has indicated that some cyclists do surveillance work or aid the criminals. He adds that restricting them is one of the measures undertaken by police to address the rising insecurity in the area.

Residents of Kabale are enraged by a police decision to restrict night operations of motorcyclists. The decision taken on June 3 comes at the backdrop of increased crime rates in the western Uganda district.

All motorcyclists are now advised to end their operations at midnight, according to the directive which took immediate effect.

Kabale District Police Commander Dickens Bindeeba told Uganda Radio Network that intelligence information has indicated that some cyclists do surveillance work or aid the criminals. He adds that restricting them is one of the measures undertaken by police to address the rising insecurity in the area.
 
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But the decision has irked motorcyclists and residents alike.

Joab Habasa, a cyclist at Katuna Junction Bodaboda stage says that the move is only aimed at frustrating them adding that crime can be managed without limiting the operation of motorcyclists.

Kabale based businessman Felix Karyaija says the decision is particularly disturbing to passengers and members of the business community, who cannot get to their homes before midnight.

But Safari Samuel, the chairperson of Kabale Bodaboda Cyclists Association encourages members to take heed as a contribution to eradication of crime.

Police have also heightened night patrols in the area.  Over 300 people been arrested since the launch of operations last week. Some of these were released after screening while over 80 have been paraded in court.

The operations have also seen the arrest of four most wanted criminals whose names have been withheld by the police.

 

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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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