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Over 30 Motorcycles Stolen from Riders in Gulu

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 list of some of the stolen motorcycles compiled by Gulu City Boda Boda Association

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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.  

Acholi Byte:

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Cue out…pipiki orwenyo.”//

According to Wokorach, some people pretend to be clients to dupe riders and disappear with their motorcycles.

Acholi Byte:

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Cue out…Acholi sub region.”//

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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Cue out…care of yourself.”//

  

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 members.

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 Lango sub-regions.

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. 

Currently, there are over 12,000 registered Boda-boda riders in Gulu District with over 500 gazetted stages.