It all started when a fight broke out between two boda boda riders only identified as Hussein and Agondeza over unidentified woman in Mpaija Village Busiisi division Hoima Municipality on Sunday Night.
The fights followed a plan by the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA, to divert traffic on the highway for at least two months to enable completion of ongoing road expansion works. The works include widening the bypass into a 4-lane dual carriageway with pedestrian walkways and interchanges.
With just an application, installed on a smartphone, one can easily get an estimate for the journey before calling a ride. The app indicates how long the rider will take before picking the passenger and puts the passenger and the rider in direct contact, by indicating the phone number and names on either side.
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.
Boda boda and taxi operators in Kampala want government to remove national public holidays arguing that they affect their daily work routines and profits. Referring to national public holidays as days that only benefit people in government, boda boda and taxi operators that Uganda Radio Network spoke to believe that they would be better off if national celebrations like International Labour Day were scrapped from the national public holiday calendar.
Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly Maate says several complaints had been lodged by travelers who have lost handbags, phones and other valuables and others whose vehicles were broken into. All complaints were against bodaboda cyclists, some of who were also accused of rape.
The police have been conducting operations aimed at apprehending errant cyclists. And now some of the cyclists along William Street claim that they are arrested by people in civilian clothes and are made to pay a lot of money even when they have all the requirements.
This initiative by Total E&P Uganda is geared towards accelerating the fight against HIV through creating awareness and provision of life skills training to sex workers, boda boda riders and youth in Pakwach town council, Nebbi district.
According to a traffic report on the boda boda industry, in January to June 2012, over 290 boda boda riders and 190 passengers died from traffic crashes, the number of pedestrians that were killed in the same period was not recorded.
Boda Boda motorcyclists in Jinja want security beefed up at what they call black spots where most of their friends have been killed and their motorcycles taken. Some of the areas mentioned include Malaria Unit, Nile Crescent, Kiira road, Magwa Crescent, Baxi road and along Kyabazinga highway in Jinja Municipality.