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Seven Boda Boda Associations Dissolved in Gulu City

According to Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor , they have received several complaints from residents that there are a lot of suspected criminals who disguise as Boda Boda riders
Boda -Boda Riders in Gulu City during a campaign against GBV -Photo by Jesse Johnson James

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Gulu City Council has dissolved seven Boda –Boda Riders’ Associations operating in the city.

They include Gulu Northern City Boda –Boda Motorcycles Association, Gulu City Boda –Boda Association, Gulu District Boda –Boda Riders’ Association and Gulu Modern Transporters Association. Others are Layibi Boda –Boda Association, Cathedral Boda –Boda Association, and Unyama Boda –Boda Association.

Alfred Okwonga, the Gulu City Mayor says that the decision to dissolve the associations was made following a consultative meeting his office held with the representatives of the Boda –Boda Riders’ Associations.

According to Okwonga, they have received several complaints from residents that there are a lot of suspected criminals who disguise as Boda Boda riders, extortion by some of the heads of the associations and that some of the riders have membership in more than one association which confuses.

Okwonga revealed that they agreed together with the Boda –Boda riders’ representatives that there will be only two associations formed in Gulu City for the riders in Bardege –Layibi Division and Pece –Laroo Division and that the associations will ascertain the correct numbers and particulars of their members to help the City. 

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Currently, Gulu City has over 6,000 Boda –Boda riders. Moses Ojok, the Chairman of Gulu Northern City Boda –Boda Motorcycles Association says that the move by the authorities is welcome since some of the associations were operating illegally without constitutions governing them.

Ojok says when few associations are operating, there will be no confusions in their operations and that it will be easy to identify genuine riders.

Ojok also revealed that they are currently conducting operations to impound and fine those riders found violating the COVID -19 standard operating procedures. 

He revealed that they are imposing fines between 5,000 shillings and 20,000 shillings on those found violating the guidelines and that more than 50 riders have so far been fined.

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George Tekkwo, the Head of Enforcement of Gulu City Boda –Boda Association welcomes the move to form only two Boda –Boda Associations in Gulu City saying it will make it easy to collect the dues from the riders where part of it shall be remitted to the City Council.