Rogers Taitika, the Sipi Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that the motorcycles are mainly stolen from Kaseerem sub county towards Bulambuli district, within the municipality and in areas towards the Tereyet High Altitude Training Center.
Boda boda business is getting risky in Kapchorwa
district following rampant theft of motorcycles and some cyclists being lynched.
Records obtained at Kapchorwa Central Police Station indicate
that between January and November this year, over 30 motorcycles have been
stolen within the district.
Rogers Taitika, the Sipi Region Police Spokesperson told
Uganda Radio Network that the motorcycles are mainly stolen from Kaseerem sub
county towards Bulambuli district, within the municipality and in areas towards
the Tereyet High Altitude Training Center.
According to him, the stolen motorcycles are usually taken to
Soroti, Mbale Pallisa, Moroto, Busia and Kampala.
“The recoveries we have made have been mainly in the
districts of Mbale, Pallisa, Busia and some in Kampala and Moroto," added Taitika.
He explains that people stealing the motorcycles are
targeting the brand new ones whose spare parts are on market. Taitika says the thieves have
adopted new means of stealing the motorcycles by having insiders
among the bodaboda riders to act as informers.
He however blamed the motorcyclists for being reckless with
their motorcycles saying that many park them and resort to betting throughout
the day and by the time they come out of the betting hall the motorcycle is
nowhere to be seen.
Ahmed Chekot, the Chairperson of Bodaboda riders in Sebei
region said that the theft of motorcycles has escalated is now on the raise with at least two motorcycles being stolen every week.
He said that the thieves target young and less energetic boys
and lure them more especially at night and easily grab the motorcycles from
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Chekot said that they have embarked on registration of the
bodaboda riders to ensure their security.
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Fred Cheptoyet, a boda boda rider in Kapchorwa said the
rampant theft of motorcycles has put their lives at risk and also forced some people to abandon the business for their
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.