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Boda Boda Cyclists in Arua Protest Chairperson's Refusal to Handover Office

The angry cyclists stormed Arua Central Police Station demanding the Police to force Safi Alema Tiyo to handover office and also take custody of the Tipper Lorry they received from the President’s office.
A Boda Boda displaying placard as the Acting DPC Arua Daniel Obore pleads with them at Arua CPS check point.

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Boda Boda cyclists on Tuesday staged a protest in Arua City demanding that their Chairperson hands over the office.

The angry cyclists stormed Arua Central Police Station-CPS demanding the Police to force Safi Alema Tiyo to handover the office and also take custody of the Tipper Lorry they received from the President’s office.

Last month, the Arua Boda Boda Association held elections for their chairperson and four other executive members.  However, Tiyo was defeated by Almahad Salim Mawa.

But Tiyo did not concede defeat and vowed not to handover claiming there were irregularities during the voting.

On Tuesday, more than 100 cyclists held a peaceful demonstration and marched to Arua CPS demanding the police to take action against Tiyo. A bitter exchange ensued between the angry cyclists and the security personnel led by acting Arua DPC Daniel Obore who blocked the cyclists from entering the premises of the police station.

Obore threatened to disperse the cyclists with Teargas but the cyclists stood their ground and refused to leave. He however later agreed to meet some of the cyclists and listen to their grievances.

// Cue in; Chaotic exchange between OC Arua CPS.…

But Tiyo says that the protests against him are uncalled for adding that he cannot hand over the office before he is given a fair hearing. He has also demanded that Mawa, deputizes him while he remains chairman of the Boda Boda Association.

// Cue in; I don’t want any person…

Cue out; I don’t want bloodshed. // 

Last year, President Museveni donated a Tipper truck to Arua Boda Boda Association and at the handover ceremony, the cyclists agreed to organize elections to elect new office bearers. They also demanded accountability for the 50 Million Shillings that the President gave them in 2012.

Tiyo who replaced Thomson Eguma promised to recover the 50 Million Shillings from members who borrowed the money and also call for a general meeting. However, none has been implemented.