Security, Boda Boda Riders Bicker Over Ban of Foreign Riders

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Issa Mahadi, a boda boda rider, says the new directives are unfair. He says the ban on foreign nationals who were already in the business will worsen the situation because they will have no source of income.

There is bickering between security officials and boda boda riders in Kabale Municipality over the ban of foreign nationals from joining the business. 


On Tuesday last week, security officials led by the Kigezi Region Police Commander, Denis Namuwoza banned foreign nationals like Rwandans from being involved in the Boda-Boda business in Kabale Municipality as one of the measures of fighting rampant crime.

Security also directed all boda boda riders who operate at night to report and register with the office of their chairperson on a daily basis. They also closed Bambocha boda boda stage in Kigongi Central Division citing security reasons. 

 
However, the directives haven't gone well with the boda boda riders. They accuse security of imposing harsh directives. Issa Mahadi, a boda boda rider, says the new directives are unfair.  He says the ban on foreign nationals who were already in the business will worsen the situation because they will have no source of income.
 

Mahadi attributes the rampant crime among boda boda riders on to the weak boda boda leadership.

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Medard Karambuzi, another boda boda rider says the ban on none Ugandans is uncalled for. Karambuzi wonders why police has failed to liaise with the boda boda leadership to ensure that all boda boda riders are registered for easy identification.


 
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Alex Matsiko Kamasaza, another boda boda rider says banning non Ugandans from joining boda boda business in Kabale municipality amounts to harassment.
 

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But Denis Namuwoza, the Kigezi Region Police Commander, says they will enforce the ban, saying several criminals especially those from countries like Rwanda hide in the boda boda business.
 
Namuwoza says the ban stems from the increase of crime in the municipality caused by unidentified boda boda riders believed to be Rwanda nationals.
 



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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.