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Police Use Non-Uniformed Officers to Impound Motorcycles Violating Curfew

The non-uniformed personnel include police officers, Resident District Commissioners, heads of various boda boda stages, and other people who help the police in the operations.
IMPOUNDED MOTORCYCLES BEING CARRIED AWAY

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Police is using officers in plain clothes as a more effective way to enforce compliance with curfew time by motor cyclists.

Following 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.

Police 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. 

According to 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.

//Cue in “simple criteria that is there…

Cue out “…. that can be investigated.”//

The non-uniformed personnel include police officers, Resident District Commissioners, heads of various boda boda stages, and other people who help the police in the operations.

Burora 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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Earlier in 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.

Additional 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.

//Cue in: “Kiba kirungi omuntu”

Cue out: …uniform alyoke atukwate”//

Rajab Musajawaza, another of the motor cyclist notes that some police men take advantage of the time to extort from the riders.

//Cue in: “Kyova olaba nti…”

Cue out: … gye ya mutwala”//

Best Nelson, a cyclist from Kazo, is concerned about fellow boda boda riders getting accidents from the chaotic curfew enforcement by the ununiformed personnel.

//Cue in: “Basobola no’kusanga awo…”

Cue out: “…tolinamu nebagitwala.”

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