Since the meeting summoned and chaired by the Minister for Presidency/Minister for KCCA, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze of Tuesday 3, September and other subsequent meetings on boda boda registration, a roadmap was drawn for the registration process which in effect constituted the position of government.
The registration was postponed to enable consultation and sensitization of boda boda riders except corporate and government motor cycles operating in the city which started effective 9/9/2013 at all the division headquarters of KCCA.
A team constituting of KCCA officials, RCC office, boda boda leadership and police was tasked to carry out sensitization to boda boda riders in all the five divisions.
KCCA was tasked to be the lead agency in the consultations and sensitization. While RCC was tasked to coordinate and ensure that the roadmap is adhered to, Police’s role was to ensure Law and Order which was properly done and the exercise has progressed without any incident.
The consultation and sensitization exercise commenced on 18th September, 2013, has been carried out in four divisions and is scheduled to be concluded on 5th October, 2013 in central division.
The first meetings were for stage leaders in all the five divisions. Thereafter the sensitization was spread to all riders. Throughout these consultations and sensitizations, riders have expressed willingness and support to the registration.
Further, Police has always intervened, enforced order and investigated any complaint of assault, molestation or disorder against any boda boda operator, its leaders or any other person. Therefore the allegations in the media against police of not helping riders are malicious, unfounded, not factual and intended to malign the commitment of the Uganda Police Force in execution of its mandate.
To reinforce the existing efforts of the Police, and discount this malicious misinformation, the Inspector General of Police has instituted a committee headed by commander CID KMP SSP Walimbwa Boniface, with ACP Niwabiine Lawrence and SSP Muleterwa Anatoli as committee members to handle the allegations of/or about riders with immediate effect.
The Police therefore appeals to all boda boda riders and their leadership and any other person who allege to have been assaulted, molested or mistreated in any way to report to the above committee at CPS room 75 or telephone No. 0714668037.
We would like to reiterate our commitment to carry out our mandate of maintaining Law and Order in the country without any discrimination. We expect KCCA to stick to the roadmap as communicated by the Minister in charge of KCCA which is the government position.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
Commander Traffic, KMP