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Cyclists Hold DP Vice President Hostage over Payment

What was expected to be a jubilant trail evolved into clashes when the cyclists held Makumbi hostage and blocked the road for over an hour demanding for a payment of 250,000 Shillings as facilitation for the task.
31 Jul 2015 09:32

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Imam Makumbi, the Vice President of the Democratic Party for western region survives an attack by members of the Bodaboda community in Mbarara district accusing him of failure to pay for their services.

Makumbi reportedly hired the cyclists to lead a road procession last evening as he returned home after the delegate\'s conference in which he was re-elected DP Vice President. They met him along the Mbarara-Masaka highway at about 6:30p.m and led him through Mbarara town up to four miles on Mbarara Isingiro road.

But what was expected to be a jubilant trail evolved into clashes when the cyclists held Makumbi hostage and blocked the road for over an hour demanding for the payment of 250,000 Shillings as facilitation for the task.

Henry Muganda, one of the cyclists, says Makumbi hired 25 of them at a fee of 10.000 Shillings each to escort him in a procession through Mbarara town and they wanted the bill cleared before extending to his home in Marsha Isingiro where the procession was headed.

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Makumbi was saved by another group of cyclists of club wielding cyclists who emerged from Makumbi\'s home area in Isingiro to fight off the Mbarara group.

Didas Lukyamuzi, one of the party organizers told URN that out of the over 50 bodaboda cyclists who blocked the road; only 20 had been hired to accompany Makumbi from Mbarara town to his home. According to Lukyamuzi the rest of the bodaboda riders offered to join the procession at will.

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But Makumbi blames his woes on foes in other political parties who m he said planted the uninvited cyclists to disorganize the procession.

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