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Buvuma Traffic Officers On the Spot for Money Extortion

URN reporter saw a traffic officer identified as Ouma stopping a boda-boda cyclist, Peter Isabirye, and demanding 2,000 shillings.
Buvuma district

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Traffic police officers in Buvuma Island are on the spot for extorting money from boda-boda cyclists. Each cyclist is required to pay 2,000 to traffic officers.

Transportation at Buvuma Islands is very difficult since the entire district has only two taxis that are used as means of transport, making motorcycles the common and major means of transport. 

URN reporter saw a traffic officer identified as Ouma stopping a boda-boda cyclist, Peter Isabirye, and demanding 2,000 shillings.

Isabirye says that they are supposed to pay 2,000 shillings to the officers whenever they are stopped.

“You are supposed to pay 2,000 daily to that traffic officer for you to operate smoothly at the island,” says Isabirye.

At Kitamiro, some of the boda-boda cyclist say that they are used to the actions of the traffic officers.

“We are used to it, if a traffic officer stops you, just touch your pockets and give him his 2,000 shs,” said one of the boda riders who preferred anonymity.

Ismail Wamala another bodaboda cyclist who was travelling to Kiyindi landing site in Buikwe on a ferry also said that they are always worried with the traffic officers in Buvuma.

"Every time I wake up to go for my work in Buvuma, I am always worried of the officers that come as early as 8 AM to get money from us," says Wamala.

Israel Wambesyo, the Ssezibwa regional traffic officer when contacted, says that he is not aware of the actions of his officers. He, however, said that he will investigate the matter.

 

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