The Speaker of Parliament
Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Minister of Works and Transport to present a
statement in regard to the plight of the Boda-Boda industry which continues to be
under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Kadaga, a
statement should be presented next week Tuesday on measures put in place by
government to address the concerns of Boda-Boda operators and the proposed way
“What have you
provided the Boda-Boda operators? Have you bothered to find out how they are
surviving and whether they have food? In other countries, food has been
provided. The Ministry of Works should bring Standard Operating Procedures
(SOPs) for them,” Kadaga directed.
This followed a
petition from Boda-Boda operators in Kaliro district presented by the Bulamogi County
MP Kenneth Lubogo. In the petition, the Boda-Boda operators appealed for
parliament’s intervention to allow them resume work.
“The humble state that
they have patiently and painfully observed other transporters like Taxis and
bicycle riders carry out their trade and start to live a fairly normal life but
unfortunately, your petitioners are still locked-up, hungry, stressed, falling
sick, their dignity eroded and tempted into habits they must avoid,” Lubogo
read out the petition.
The MP said that the Boda-Boda
operators appeal to government to open up their business and permit them carry
passengers up to a distance not exceeding 40 kilometers from their stations
while observing applicable SOPs.
These also want
government to take up the interest on loans that have accrued on the loans they
incurred when acquiring the motorcycles for the period of March upto the
opening up of their business.
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Kadaga said that the
same issue had been raised in several other petitions to her office from
Boda-Boda operators in different parts of the country. She wondered why
government had not yet come out clearly to say something on the industry.
The Minister of State
for Works Joy Kabatshi said that there are still questions about Boda-Bodas being
the only means of transport that can reach deeper in rural areas and carry
infected people to those areas.
She said that there is
need to find answers to these questions. However this attracted fury from
legislators who demanded that government opens up the industry.
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Her response angered
Speaker Kadaga directing that government provides answers to the limping