Boda Boda Riders thanks Parliament following the resumption of Boda Boda operation
Boda Boda operators have thanked Parliament through the Speaker for their support towards the resumption of boda boda operation amidst the COVID19 situation.
While meeting the Speaker on Monday 27th July 2020 at Parliament, representatives from the Boda boda associations thanked the Speaker and the MPs for the continued support towards the operations and the general welfare of the boda boda operators.
“We met with you in June and requested you to lobby for us to get back on the road. We have come to say thank you for living up to your promise,” said Bosco Buziba, chairperson Kiira Municipality Boda boda Association.
Buzibu said that the directive by H.E the President to allow Boda boda operators to carry passengers subject to Standard operating procedures (SOPs), was a big relief to the boda boda industry since their primary source of income is carrying passengers.
In July 17th 2020, She Speaker directed the Minister of Works and Transport to present a statement regarding the plight of the Boda-Boda industry which had continued to be under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The directive by the Speaker saw State Minister for Works and Transport, Hon. Joy Kabatsi present a statement before Parliament on the 21st of July 2020.
The Boda boda operators, however, raised concern over the new directive by Kampala Capital City Council (KCCA) to establish a Bodaboda free zone that limits operators from accessing some parts of the city.
Musa Mutebi, a representative from the Boda boda association noted that the creation of Boda boda free zone was unfair since most of them profit most by transporting passengers to and from the City centre.
“The Kampala City centre is where we benefit the most in terms of transporting passengers but they have barred us from accessing these routes, which is affecting our business,” Mutebi said.
The Speaker commended the boda boda operators upon their resumption and urged them to strictly follow the Ministry of Health guidelines and Presidential directives. She promised to present their concerns to MPs for further action.