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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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