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COVID-19 SOPs: Motorists Complain Over Disproportionate Fines

Paul Manyali from Bumasheti stage in Bumasheti Sub County says that he was riding with his colleague on a motorcycle when they were stopped by police at a checkpoint at Bududa hospital he was fined Shillings 300,000 and his counterpart Shillings 80,000.
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Motorists in Bududa district have complained over the varying fines levied on them by police officers for flouting the COVID-19 guidelines. While announcing the 42 days nationwide lockdown, president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni banned both public and private transport.

He said Boda boda riders would only be allowed to carry cargo and cease their operations by 5 pm. Museveni said those who violate the guidelines will pay fines, which he didn’t stipulate. Now, motorists in Bududa district say that police have taken advantage of the presidential directives to charge them exorbitant fines. 

Paul Manyali from Bumasheti stage in Bumasheti Sub County says that he was riding with his colleague on a motorcycle when they were stopped by police at a checkpoint at Bududa hospital he was fined Shillings 300,000 and his counterpart Shillings 80,000.  

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Joseph Wakubona, a Boda boda cyclist at Bukigai stage in Bukigai Sub County complained about the discrimination by police while issuing the fines and receipts. According to Wakubona, he was fined Shillings 40,000 at the check point and another Shillings 50,000 at the police while recovering his motorcycle that was impounded for flouting the curfew. 

 

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Peter Wekona, a truck driver says that he was instructed to park his vehicle after arriving in around 10 pm from Mbale while carrying maize flour.  He says that his attempts to explain to the police that his vehicle broke down along the road fell on deaf ears.

Juma Kuya, the chairperson of Bududa Boda boda Association told URN that he also received several complaints from the rider and asked police to stop mistreating his men, adding that they are misinterpreting the presidential directives.    

Gerald Mugisha, the officer in charge of Bududa central police station told URN that they have not received the proposed fines from the ministry of finance and are using those provided for in the traffic rules and regulations. He explains that the fines vary because of the offence committed by the motorists.  

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George William Wopuwa, the Bududa Resident District Commissioner who also doubles as the District COVID-19 taskforce chairperson said he has not received any complaints from motorists but promised to handle it as soon as it is reported to his office by their leaders.


More than 20 motorcycles have been impounded in Bududa for flouting the restriction, which are still pending clearance by their owners.

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