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Masaka RDC Clashes with Boda Boda, Traders

Fred Bamwine, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner on Tuesday issued fresh Covid-19 prevention orders in which he instructed security officers to arrest all Boda boda cyclists they find at the various stages both within the precincts of Masaka city and Masaka district.

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The latest restrictions on the operations of Boda boda cyclists and nonfood selling shops have stirred controversy in Masaka town between the community and security committee.

Fred Bamwine, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner on Tuesday issued fresh Covid-19 prevention orders in which he instructed security officers to arrest all Boda boda cyclists they find at the various stages both within the precincts of Masaka city and Masaka district.

Bamwine also ordered for closure of all boutiques, stationary shops and arcades, saying that the attendants have no reasons to continue leaving their homes to open their workplaces in towns. 

He also directed that boda boda riders stay at home and wait for phone calls from their potential clients who have luggage to deliver, in stead of waiting from gazetted stages where he says were gathering in towns which increased the risk of spreading the virus. 

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Cue out; ….give him the luggage.”// 

 

Luganda  //Cue in: “twewakyaliwo mmottoka…. Cue out; …..kumuttira ku liiso.”// 

As a result, dozens of Boda boda cyclists and boutique attendants have tested the wrath of security officers as they act on the orders of the City Resident commissioner, something that has created bitter controversies in the area.

 

Moses Kakeeto, who owns a farm produce store in Buddu Shopping lane in Masaka town has lashed out at Bamwine for issuing what he described as illogical orders that have seen security indiscriminately clampdown on all shops in shopping lanes.

  According to him, security officers have closed all shopping lanes, and are currently beating anybody who attempts to access their shops regardless of what they deal in. 

Kakeeto accuses Bamwine of contradicting the Covid-19 restrictions as issued by President Yoweri Museveni. 

He says despite them following the Standard Operating Procures that including putting handwashing facilities at their workplaces, Bamwine stubbornly ordered for their closure without any considerations, something he says is ridiculous.

  

Meanwhile, Boda boda riders have insisted that they will not abide by Bamwine’s orders of staying home, arguing that such conditions deny them opportunities of earning a living.

  Julius Ssaja, the Publicity Secretary of Masaka Boda Boda Riders Association says they agreed to abide by the presidential directives that allowed them to carry luggage, saying they will not abide by any new orders that keep them home.

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Cue out; …..ba boda boda bano.”//  

Despite the growing controversy, Bamwine insists on maintaining his stance arguing that the regulations are necessary for restriction of unnecessary movement of people.  

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