The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura said that the Kampala motorcyclist association called Boda Boda 2010 has helped police in fighting crime in Kampala.
Kayihura disclosed this on Sunday while officially opening Tuba Police Post in Kulambiro, Nakawa division in Kampala.
The police post was built by residents of Kulambiro in order to strengthen security in the area following the murder of the late police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was also a resident of the area.
Kayihura said that police was directed by President Yoweri Museveni to organize Boda Bodoa in Kampala in order not to pose a security threat in the city.
“President gave us a directive that we link all boda boda stages to the nearby police stations,” Kayihura said, adding that by coordinating with the boda boda riders, it enables them to identify crime spots, thus rooting it out completely in the city.
The IGP’s remarks come after the public has continually accused him of backing the paramilitary group known for beating up civilians and even police officers during riots and other demonstrations, with reckless abandon.
Police has on numerous occasions denied associating with the group, let alone it being facilitated by Gen. Kayihura.
Additionally, Kayihura urged Regional Police Commanders, district police commanders and other senior police officers from Kampala regions who attended the opening of the police post to work alongside the boda boda riders, who he says are key in providing information on criminal activities in the city.
“We need to connect with boda boda stages wherever they are,” he appealed to his officers.
According to the IGP, boda boda riders have also helped in fighting riots in Kampala.
“Boda boda riders helped us to stop walk to work riots. If we had ignored them, we would not be anywhere,” he noted.
He, however, called on Abdalla Kitatta, the proprietor of Boda Boda 2010 who was present at the event to always observe discipline in their operations.