Bodaboda riders in Kampala have appealed to the Ministry of Health and the COVID-19 National Taskforce to consider extending their curfew time from the current 6:00pm to least 9:00pm.
The riders are concerned that 6:00pm when they are supposed to stop working, is the same time when their customers start heading home.
Abdu Ssentongo, a member of the Century Boda-Boda Association says Bobodada riders have been key in fighting Covid19 and shouldn’t get penalized for it.
He noted that they have embarked on the mission of moving stage per stage in both Lubaga South and North, sensitizing their colleagues about the need of adhering on the Standard Operating procedures, issued by the Health Ministry.
These riders gathered at Kololo for the ‘Tugobe Corona-Wear a mask’ campaign that was launched by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation through the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Resilience Response program (CERRRP) last month.
70% of the riders from Safeboda, who we spoke to said that the campaign had restored discipline in them and therefore called upon the government to consider extending their curfew time from 6pm to 9pm.
Ricky Rappa Thomson, the Co-founder of Safe Boda said that currently his business employs over 22,000 Ugandans in Uganda, 4500 in Nairobi and in other parts of Africa like Lagos-Nigeria and Mombasa.
Boda-Boda industry was among the public transport that was banned during the COVID-19 lockdown when the country was struggling to curb the spread of the virus.
During the partial lifting of the measures, president Museveni allowed them to resume operations but carry only one person, have hand sanitizers and a register where they should record every passenger’’ details and also operate up to 6pm.
While presenting their official request to the Prime Minister Dr. Rukahana Rugunda, who is also the Chairperson of the National COVID-19 Taskforce and Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, Elly Karuhanga the Board Chairperson of PSFU said, “I have personally worked with these boys of boda-boda riders and want to assure you that they have learnt and are among the number one people who are adhering to the SOPs.”