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Police arrest over 500 boda boda cyclists

09 January 2015, 14:50 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police in Kampala on Friday arrested unruly motorcycle operators locally called boda boda in an effort to restore sanity on Ugandan roads.

Over 500 boda boda cyclists have been arrested.

The commandant of traffic police in Kampala metropolitan area, Norman Musinga on Thursday had announced that the operation would take place today.

''We have targeted cyclists who carry more that one passenger, those without driving permit and also those who do not wear helmets,'' said police officer Amon Kwesi who conducted the operation.

However, some boda boda operators have complained that police are making indiscriminate arrests and asking for bribes. They claim that only those who fail to give the bribes are being taken to police stations.

''The policemen are simply making money. They are arresting whoever they come across and asking for bribes. No wonder most of the traffic police officers have big bellies,'' said Ali Musamali, a boda boda operator.

Commandant Norman Musinga refuted the allegations saying that they launched the operation to curb reckless riding, violation of traffic and road safety rules.

He said, ''The hospitals have many accident cases caused by boda boda operators. Some of them are reckless and cause many accidents. They do not observe traffic rules and put their passengers and other road users' lives in danger."

According to police's report on accidents, boda boda operators are the responsible for most accidents as many accidental deaths have involved boda bodas.

Statistics at Mulago national refferal hospital indicate that at least 20 victims of boda bodas accidents are admitted to the hospital everyday.

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