KAMPALA – Following the continued killings of boda-boda motorcyclists in the country, Uber Uganda has on Friday, August 23, suspended its night shift operations until further notice.
Taking to its official Facebook page on Friday morning, Uber Uganda posted to its online community of over 22,279,767 followers noting that;
“In light of the emerging safety concerns affecting Boda Boda riders and drivers during nighttime, we are making a proactive safety call to turn off the Uber Boda vehicle option between 11pm to 6am daily, starting 19 August 2019 until further notice.”
Uber Uganda goes on to advise those heading for a night out, evening dinner or leaving work late, that they covered.
“The UberX (cars) option will continue to be active 24/7 and you can continue to enjoy affordable, reliable, and convenient rides around Kampala at any time.”
Uber Technologies, Inc. is an American multinational transportation network company (TNC) that offers services that include peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system to over 110 million worldwide users.
The announcement comes at the time Uganda is coming to terms with killings of boda boda riders across the country with recent incidence involving Police’s arrest of one of the suspects who appeared in CCTV footage strangling a Boda boda rider in Kampala.
According to police, Mukiga confessed that he and his friend, Young Mulo (not the music artist) were the ones who strangled Derrick Mulindwa at Kakyeka in Mengo Rubaga, in Kampala around 4am on June 30, 2019.
The duo who were caught on CCTV footage, that went viral on social media in Uganda, shows them strangle Mulindwa to death before making off with his motorbike. Mukiga according to the police statement, said that Mulo was lynched by a mob three days later for theft of another motorcycle on July 3.