Simon Wokorach, the Vice Chairperson Gulu City Bodaboda Association– GCBA, says the motorbikes were stolen from Layibi; Lacor, and Unyama Trading Centers as well as Nakasero and Buganda Pub in Gulu Town, which have numerous betting shops.
A total of 32 motorcycles have been stolen from
Boda-boda riders in Gulu District between February and March this year.
Most of the motorcycles were stolen from
betting centers where the riders had parked them in order to gamble while
others were stolen by thugs after killing the riders.
Simon Wokorach, the Vice Chairperson Gulu City
Bodaboda Association– GCBA, says the motorbikes were stolen from Layibi; Lacor,
and Unyama Trading Centers as well as Nakasero and Buganda Pub in Gulu Town, which
have numerous betting shops.
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According to Wokorach, some people pretend to be
clients to dupe riders and disappear with their motorcycles.
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Martin Oringa, the Disciplinary Chairperson Gulu
City Boda boda Association blames the rampant theft and murder of the
motorcycle riders on erratic power supply in the region.
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To stem the vice, the riders’ association has
recruited up to 35 enforcement officers amongst themselves to coordinate with
police and other security personnel to ensure safety and security of their
Statistics from Gulu Central Police Station
indicate that 11 motorcycles were also stolen from the riders in January. Six
of which were recovered during intense operations by police in West Nile and
Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick
Jimmy Okema disclosed that more than 10 masterminds of motorcycle thefts and
Boda boda murders have been arrested and convicted since September 2019.
there are over 12,000 registered Boda-boda riders in Gulu District with over
500 gazetted stages.