of the Boda Boda operators in Kampala dominated a public dialogue on improving
the transport sector in Kampala.
on the Boda Boda industry has been revived following the lynching of a motorist
in Rubaga Division by a mob on Sunday after he allegedly knocked two
has drawn the condemnation of the cyclists’ alleged act, with some people
calling for stricter regulation of the industry or even their removal from the
cyclists are more notorious for violating traffic regulations and the police have
largely abandoned any attempts to control them.
dialogue, a study report dubbed: The political Economy of Public Transport in
Greater Kampala: Movers, Spoilers and Prospects for Reform, was presented by
researchers, Professor Tom Goodfellow of Sheffield University and Paul Isolo Mukwaya
of Makerere University.
named the land tenure system in Kampala as one of the factors impeding the
reform of the transport industry, as there is hardly any room for expansion of
also mentioned the complex public transport system which has many different
players, including motorcyclists, Bicyclists, Minibuses, 14-seater vans and
others, all providing Passenger Services.
Goodfellow said since the land is largely owned by private individuals, it is
difficult for city authorities to acquire it for road projects.
“Obviously, land …..
Cue out: …make a profit.”//
He says as
part of any reforms, there must be a city transport management authority to
specifically handle the industry instead of leaving it to KCCA and neighbouring
their research, fears were expressed on what the composition of such an apex
body should be. He says some respondents feared that the body might not
be representative enough to include less elitist businesses like the Boda Bodas,
yet they perform one of the most important roles.
This is huge….
Cue out: …possible sector."//
response to the study, Makerere University’s Prof Julius Kiiza blamed the
politics of the country and Kampala in particular, saying that the leaders
prefer populist approaches to service delivery instead of prioritizing
He says the
issue of land should not be a problem in the city if the leaders were
And this is not only on bodabodas, but it has also led to the misuse of public
example says the city and government authorities look on as road reserves are
taken over for private developments, including those by senior government
of them, Kiiza says they should be demolished, create sanity in the city, while
bodabodas should be out of the city.
Cue out: …..do better."//
countries in Africa have been able to control and make the bodaboda industry
part of the formal transport industry, operating within the rules of the areas.
these include Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and, to some
extent, Nairobi in Kenya and the Rwandan capital Kigali.
called on Uganda and Kampala, in particular, to take a leaf from these cities,
Kampala Capital City Authority said it is better to go slow.
Director KCCA Dorothy Kisaka said that they are in discussion with Boda Boda
operators and that the riders have suggested phased piloting of securing one
corridor at a time in a rotational way.
She says the
riders also accused the authorities of not consulting before taking harsh
“We started ….
Cue out: …together.”//
The head of
traffic police in Kampala Metropolitan Police, Superintendent of Police Rogers
Kawuma accused political leaders of abetting the problems involved in managing
the riders. He said because of the selfish interest of the leaders, the
riders find it easy to join in resisting programs aimed at improving the
there are also easier things that the country can do like using modern technology
to control traffic.
in: “We need …
Cue out: …. Good program.”//
Ekimu from the Ministry of Works says it will be risky to use force to take the
boda-bodas out of the city centre like it was in some countries like Ethiopia,
where even motorcycles were destroyed as a way of enforcement.
//Cue in Somebody talked of….
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show that half of the people who go to the city centre daily are pedestrians,
and together with buses and bodabodas, the figure goes up to 90 percent of the
people. KCCA says that these are people who must be catered for, with
innovations like the Namirembe-Luwum Non-Motorised Traffic Corridor.
Prof Kiiza is opposed to this system and says more modern systems can be put in
Director Road Management, Jacob Byamukama informed Kiiza that half of the
people who foot into the city daily also need convenient infrastructure. He
says the system should be expanded across the city.
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Prof Kiiza says the country cannot develop when the majority of the people are
walking to work. He says while walking has its advantages, people walk because
they do not have an affordable and convenient form of transport.