KAMPALA – Police has warned Boda boda riders planning protests in Kampala next week, that they will be crashed. The planned protests stem from government’s decision to maintain the partial suspension on boda boda operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, Boda boda riders are restricted to delivery services and in rare instances transportation of passengers under emergency circumstances.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, Police has received credible information indicating that some politicians and opportunists are gearing up for the demonstrations.
“The information we have is that these demonstrations are being planned, mobilised and sponsored by opportunistic people and some political individuals within Kampala Metropolitan Policing areas,” Onyango said.
He revealed that the group is mobilising Boda boda operators to disrupt government efforts to contain the spread of Corona-virus at a time when there are systematic processes to ease the lock down.
“We want to appeal to Boda boda operators not to be lured into illegal activities by opportunistic people, who are working for their own benefits,” he said.
Onyango warned that police will not tolerate any criminal activities intended to disrupt government efforts in the fight against the spread of the Covid19 pandemic in the country.
“We caution anyone who intends to engage in criminal activities that the long arm of the law will catch up with them,” he added.
In a related development, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF has also come out expressing preparedness to intervene where necessary so as to restore law and order.
“A coalition of security forces including our LDU allies is ready to maintain law and order at all time,” UPDF Spokesman Brig Karemire is quoted to have said.
“The country is facing COVID-19 challenges and has no room for disturbances of such nature. Any concerns should be handled with leaders who are always ready to listen but not through riots,” he added.
As of Saturday, June 6, Uganda’s COVID-19 cases had risen to 593 after 36 more people tested positive. The new cases were all Ugandans got from contacts to previously confirmed cases.