Robert Ggaliwango, a Bodaboda cyclist at the Nkoni stage in Lwengo district says that several touts have been deployed to attract passengers who wish to cross into other districts regardless of the restrictions. He says that the touts sneak passengers into hidden taxis, before embarking on their journeys through porous routes.
The presence of taxi touts along major routes and stages in Masaka
and Kyotera districts is frustrating the effective enforcement of the inter-district
travel ban, one of the measures announced to contain the spread of COVID-19
At the beginning of this week, security officers erected barricades on all roads connecting between districts, to stop the back and
forth movement of people, as directed by President Yoweri Museveni, at a time when COVID-19 rates were increasing, stretching health systems across the country.
Despite the presence of police on the roads, people have for
various reasons continued to cross through Masaka, Kyotera and Lwengo
districts, by the use of taxis, some of which carry nearly up to their passenger loading capacities. A number of people are seen disembarking from
taxis at different stages in Kyotera and Masaka districts,
after meandering through the different porous routes to their destinations.
Robert Ggaliwango, a Bodaboda cyclist at the Nkoni stage in Lwengo
district says that several touts have been deployed to attract passengers who wish to cross into other districts regardless of
the restrictions. He says that the touts sneak passengers into hidden taxis, before
embarking on their journeys through porous
Patrick Jjagwe, another Bodaboda cyclist from Lwengo district blamed the security enforcement teams for mainly
focusing on major routes, giving the offenders an opportunity to violate the
guidelines. Jjagwe is afraid that if it remains unchecked, the conduct of taxi operators will worsen the COVID-19 infection
rates in the country.
in; “nze mu ndoowoza eyange…
out…bitundu by’eyo.”// Emmanuel Kato, the Chairperson of Bukunda Bodaboda stage, located in Kyotera district says that they are equally concerned about the
conduct of some taxi operators but, they do not have the capacity to reign over
He has appealed to the enforcement teams at the respective
districts within Masaka sub-region, to take action by ensuring that the stages
are cleared of Taxi touts, who are directly facilitating the violation of
the inter-district travel ban. According to him, people would find it difficult to move
beyond their districts, if they don’t find someone willing to sneak them out.
in; “ekintu kino eky’abakulu bano…
Hajji Moses Ddumba, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner
says that enforcement teams have started expanding their operations to
remote community access roads, but also faults the public for aiding the irregularities
that increase their risks of contracting the virus.
in; “ebimu tebyewalika…
Records indicate that by Thursday Kyotera district had 442 COVID -19 positive cases from 2,000 samples, Masaka had 176 positive cases, while Lwengo had 36 positive cases all registered in the second
wave of infections.