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Police Fires Teargas to Disperse Protesting Boda-boda Riders

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This afternoon, angry Boda-boda operators left Mini price in the City center in a procession to Wandegeya before heading to Lumumba Avenue at the office of the Resident City Resident Commissioner (RCC) to demand an explanation on why they are being haunted.
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Police used teargas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of Boda-boda operators from Bombo road and Lumumba Avenue on Tuesday afternoon protesting endless police arrests and eviction from their stages in Kampala.

The demonstration follows a recent operation conducted jointly the KCCA enforcements and police to crackdown on Boda-boda riders operating in unauthorised spaces at Miniprice and Namirembe road  where several motorcycles where impounded and operators arrested.    

This afternoon, angry Boda-boda operators left Mini price in the City center in a procession to Wandegeya before heading to Lumumba Avenue at the office of the Resident City Resident Commissioner (RCC) to demand an explanation on why they are being haunted.  

However, the riders were turned away by security personnel attached to the RCC’s office on grounds that they didn’t have an appointment, which angered them forcing them to turn rowdy. This prompted officers from Wandegeya police Division to intervene leading to running battles with the riders.    

Police used teargas to disperse the rowdy riders. Sadat Katabila, the Chairman Boda-boda riders at Mini price stage explains that the continued arrests, impounding of their motorcycles and removal of their stages by KCCA is plot by government to chase them from the city.

He says they decided to meet the President's representative to demand an explanation while they are being ill-treated by the government they support.   

//Cue in: “stage zaffe bazisenda… 

Cue out:… batugoba’’//

Yahaya Sseruwada, another protestor, says police impounded his two motorcycles two years ago and took them to CPS Kampala over lack of documents.

He however, claims that he was asked to pay Shillings 1.5million at CPS to recover his motorcycles, which he has failed to do.       

//Cue in: “ batwala piiki zange…  

Cue out:… ziri ku cps’’//

 

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango denies allegations of extortion at CPs. He says the amount paid is the charges imposed on those found violating traffic rules. 

Onyango says police broke up the rider’s demonstration because it was illegal since neither the RCC nor police was informed.    

//Cue in: “We dispersed them…

 

Cue out:…they did not inform police’’//

  

He says three protestors have been arrested and more than 5 motorcycles have been impounded and kept at Wandegeya police division.   

Efforts to get a comment from KCCA’s Peter Kaujju about the complaints by the riders were futile by the time of publishing this story.  

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