Another Motorcycle Company Cons Boda boda Riders in Hoima

Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident City Commissioner-RCC, says that JaJ Motors Limited promised to give the victims motorcycles on credit but has since vanished with their money.
Samuel Kisembo, the Resident city Commissioner-RCC while speaking to Ugandan Radio Network.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Hoima City authorities are hunting for the officials of JAJ Motors Limited for allegedly conning residents in a bogus motorcycle deal. According to security officials, the company conned more than Shillings 140 million from over 200 members of the public most of them Boda-boda riders in Hoima city and the neighbouring Masindi, Kibaale, Kyankwanzi, Kakumiro Kagadi, Buliisa, Kikuube and Kiryandongo districts.    

Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident City Commissioner-RCC, says that JAJ Motors Limited promised to give the victims motorcycles on credit but has since vanished with their money. JAJ Motors Limited, which set up an office at Kyesiga cell in Hoima in West Division in Hoima City operated for a month and registered hundreds of residents promising to give them cheap motorcycles on loans.   

According to information obtained by URN, the company promised to give the applicants a new Bajaj motorcycle at Shillings 6.9M. The company tasked each applicant to pay Shillings 700,000 and clear the balance in weekly instalments of 70,000 for one year and eight months. Kisembo says that over 200 people paid the money but were surprised when the company closed their premises and vanished from the area.

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Kisembo says security has directed Hoima City Authorities to ensure that they closely monitor all the businesses in the city center and ensure that no office is without clearance from the city authorities and security.

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He has tasked the public to be vigilant and verify with security before transacting business with unknown companies, saying some of them are fake.

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Siraj Bedijo, a victim of the bogus Boda-boda deal from Buseruka sub-county in Hoima, says that he was told to submit a copy of his National Identification card, a letter from his area local council one chairperson and deposit Shillings 700,000 in order to get a new motorcycle.

He, however, says that to his disappointment the company officials varnished without handing him the motorcycle. Jackson Tibamwenda, another victim from Kagadi, says that he was attracted to approach the company and paid Shillings 700,00 when they made announced on local Radio stations inviting interested applicants.

He wants security operatives to intensify security surveillance to track down and apprehend the suspects. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says that police is closely investigating the matter. He has advised members of the public to be conscious of some companies that have invaded their areas.  

Early this month, URN ran a similar story from Soroti in which hundreds of Boda boda riders accused Savannah Motors of conning them in a bogus motorcycle deal. The company set up offices in Pamba, where it invited applicants to acquire new Bajaj motorcycles at Shillings 6M. 

The applicants were required to pay up to Shillings1M to access a motorcycle and then pay the balance in instalments of Shillings 62,000 per week. The company promised to deliver the motorcycles on October 4th but instead vanished from the area without a trace. Over 100 people turned to receive their motorbikes only to find the offices under the lock and key.