At least four Boda
boda riders have been hacked to death in Mbale district within space of one
The latest incident occurred on Sunday last weekend when Serengeta, a resident
of Lwaso Sub County in Mbale District was found dead with multiple wounds on
his head and his motorcycle registration number UET 971B taken.
The others killed are Isa
Menya, a rider at Munkaga stage. Menya
was killed on January 4, 2020 and his motorcycle Registration Number UEP 573S taken.
Derrick Muwonge, a rider at Maluku Adra stage and resident of Wanyera cell in Maluku
ward Mbale was hacked to death on the January 7th, 2020 and his
motorcycle Registration Number UEY711V taken.
Emma Nabende, a resident
of a resident of Busiu Sub County met his death at Bubtsye village in Busoba Sub
County on Boxing Day.
His motorcycle Registration Number UEU 251Q was robbed.
John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson says that the
assailants mainly target people riding new motorcycles.
According to Tukei,
they are yet to make any arrests and recover any of the stolen motorcycles.
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Attacks on the cyclists
are common around UBC grounds in Namatala, Namakwekwe Estates, Malukhu, Senior
Quarters, Half London, BCU Quarters and Mission Cell among others.
Wadada, a rider at Maluku Adra stage says thugs killing them disguise
themselves as clients and later attack them disappear with their motorcycles.
James Muduku, another
Boda boda rider asked police to intensify night patrols especially in dangerous
spots, saying the Boda boda business is becoming deadly in Mbale town. He
also warned his colleagues against carrying more than two strangers especially at
Muhammad Bwayo, the
chairperson of Sleeping Baby Boda Boda stage who also doubles as the Operations
Manager Boda Boda Riders Association, says police hasn’t helped them to fight
crime in their industry.
According to Bwayo, police no longer conduct night
patrols that would scare aware wrong doers.
However, Tukei puts
the escalating Boda boda murders on the negligence of its leadership, which he
says has failed to monitor and register entrants.