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.
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.
“we have observed…..
Cue out; ….give
him the luggage.”//
Luganda //Cue in:
“twewakyaliwo mmottoka….Cue out; …..kumuttira
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
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.
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.
“abasing tebalina …..
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.