Police in Luweero Resume Registration of Motorists

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At least 900 motorists in Wobulenzi and Luweero Town council have already participated in the exercise.

Police in Luweero have resumed the registration of all commercial motorists and cyclists in towns in a bid to combat rampant accidents and crimes in the district.
Police first attempted a registration of all commercial motorists and cyclists in 2012. The exercise failed because no single motorist or cyclist was registered.
The suspicious motorists and cyclists claimed that police might use the information to spy on them. Police argued then that the information would help it identify criminals who were stealing vehicles and murdering their owners. 
Now the Savannah Regional Police Commander Musa Nebanda and Luweero District Police Commander Justus Asiimwe have started traversing the district to persuade, mobilize and register the motorists and cyclists.
Nebanda argues the exercise will be successful this time because police is addressing the information gap that caused misperception and hostility toward the exercise.
He explains after that after initial registration, ownership of the vehicles and motorcycles will be verified with security committees among others.
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The Luweero district traffic Officer Henry Mafabi explains that the exercise will also help to restore order in transport sector and reduce accidents in the towns which are caused by reckless drivers.
He explains that in June alone, traffic police recorded 24 accidents largely caused by reckless drivers and failure to observe road signs.
Mafabi says there is also a campaign to sensitize motorists on traffic guidelines. A crackdown on those who fail to observe road use rules will then follow. 
Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero town LC 3 chairperson, welcomes the resumption of the program. He says there is an urgent need to regulate the commercial motorcyclists (boda bodas).
At least 900 motorists in Wobulenzi and Luweero Town council have already participated in the exercise.
Geofrey Ssembajjwe, Chairman of Balikyewunya boda boda stage, hopes police will stop unrecognised boda boda stages from cropping up.
Yusuf Mawejje, a boda boda rider, hopes with the registration police will able to stop boda boda stage chairpersons from allowing unregistered riders on their stages.  
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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.