Police is using
officers in plain clothes as a more effective way to enforce compliance with
curfew time by motor cyclists.
Presidents Museveni’s directives for the 42 days’ restrictions, curfew time for
motor cyclists was maintained at 6pm and therefore, no motor cycle movement is
expected on the road after that time.
forces have since then intensified enforcements of the 6pm curfew for
motorcycles and 9pm for vehicle drivers. Officers use road blocks at designated check
points in greater Kampala, while some appear in regular casual clothes and long
whips to stop the motorcyclists around Kampala.
Luke Owoyesigirye, Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Spokesperson, police will stop
at nothing to implement the measures in order to arrest the
motorcyclists that are violating curfew time.
He adds that
the people that are not in uniform are being deployed as officers so that they can
get the motorcyclists off guard and enable much effective curfew time
operations on various road blocks.
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personnel include police officers, Resident District Commissioners, heads of
various boda boda stages, and other people who help the police in the
Herbert Anderson, Nakawa Resident City Commissioner, however acknowledges that there are
opportunists that are using this mechanism to their advantage and are beating
motorcyclists while dressed in normal casual clothes pretending to be police officers.
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the month of May, the police intensified curfew measures by enforcing the time
of 6 o’clock in the evening for motorcycles and as a result, police decided to
be aggressive and use further measures of impounding all boda-bodas beyond
the curfew time.
sanctions included arrests, fines and penalties regardless of whether one is a
rider, driver, passenger or occupant of the means used.
In addition, Police cautioned all proprietors
of fuel stations that continue to park motorcycles will be subjected to
investigations on parking authorizations as police arranges to impound all
motorcycles parked at fuel stations.
While some motor cyclists acknowledge
compliance to the enforcement by police officers, other wish there could be a
more modest way to handle them.
David Kizito, one of the motor
cyclists shares his experience with URN, claiming that it is unfair for boda
men to be arrested by unidentified men in plain cloth.
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Rajab Musajawaza, another of the motor
cyclist notes that some police men take advantage of the time to extort from the
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Best Nelson, a cyclist from Kazo, is
concerned about fellow boda boda riders getting accidents from the chaotic curfew enforcement by the ununiformed personnel.