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Motorcycle Theft on the Rise in Kapchorwa 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.
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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 them. 

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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 safety.

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