Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has dissented with Government’s restrictions on the operations of commercial motor cyclists across the country.
Since Covid19 lockdown in March, Bodabodas have been barred from carrying passengers as a way of curtailing the person to person spread of the virus.
But Kadaga told parliament yesterday that the restrictions would have worked if the cyclists were provided with food rations just like in other countries.
Unfortunately, she noted that many young men in this field have reached a breaking point as they have no other way to make ends meet.
“They (measures) are no longer relevant…. What have you provided for bodaboda? You are sitting and deciding. How do their families live? What do they eat?” she said.
The speaker’s comments followed a presentation by Joy Kabatsi, the State Minister for Transport who said Government was working round the clock on how to fix this issue without endangering the lives of Ugandans.
Busia Municipality legislator Godfrey Macho said it was confusing how taxis which carry more passengers were allowed to resume operations and bodabodas denied.
Cecilia Ogwal the Dokolo Woman Member of Parliament (MP) advised Government to treat this matter with the urgency it deserves before the situation gets out of hand.
“One of the challenges that the country is facing is youth unemployment and the bodaboda has been giving opportunity for these youth to be engaged,” Ogwal stated.
Late last month, commercial motorcyclists under their umbrella body “Boda Boda Association” petitioned Speaker Kadaga seeking her intervention in this matter.