Under their umbrella body South Sudan Motorcycle Bodaboda Association (SSMBA), the Ugandan cyclists have been riding in groups from Juba to Kampala, a distance that is more than 600 kilometres. Last week Aleu Ayeny Aleu, the South Sudan Interior minister, issued a directive banning foreigners from involvement in the boda boda business. Aleu claimed that the move was to curb increasing criminal acts committed by many foreigners hiding in the business.
Police in Luweero have arrested 10 men suspected to be members of a notorious gang that calls its self B-13. B-13 reportedly stands for Bad Boys 13. The 13 is supposed to be the number of members in the gang.
Residents and local leaders in Luweero have condemned the newly proposed value added tax on fuel and Water describing the government as insensitive to the poor. In her Budget speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka reinstated the 200 shillings excise duty on every litre of kerosene 50 shillings on every litre of petrol and diesel. She also instituted value added tax (VAT) on domestic water.