Boda Boda leaders in
Kitgum Municipality in collaboration with the Police have launched operations
against errant members for violating curfew guidelines.
operation conducted on Wednesday
night saw 19 motorcycles impounded from various areas within Kitgum
Patrick Ociti Laboke, the
Active Boda Boda Association, says that the motorcycles were
impounded from various locations in Pandwong, Pager and Central divisions.
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Laboke says the operation follows complaints by
security officials against Boda boda riders for the continuous violation of the 6 pm curfew deadline and alleged attacks against security personnel by the riders.
He says the operation
will help them to weed out errant motorcyclists
whether they are registered bod Boda riders or not.
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Simon Oyet, the chairperson of Boda Boda riders in Kitgum Municipality, says that the operation that started at 8 pm Wednesday night will go a long way in ensuring total adherence
to the curfew guidelines by their members.
Oyet says the operation arose out of a security meeting Boda
Boda leaders in the Municipality held with security heads in the district. Kitgum District Police Commander Tommy Eyaku
told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the impounded motorcycles will
be released to their respective owners with caution.
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He however says the owners will have to first
present documents to prove ownership of the motorcycles. Last week, security
personnel in the Municipality raised concern over what they described as a new
wave of aggression being perpetuated by Boda boda riders against police and the army enforcing COVID-19 guidelines.
At least three security officers, two of them
soldiers and a police officer were knocked and assaulted by errant Boda boda riders during curfew hours three weeks ago.