Following the presidential directive on boda boda cyclists in the country, the Inspector General of Police has vowed to institute stringent measures to regulate their operations especially in Kampala city.
The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola on Monday said, “the move to regulate the cyclists is aimed at checking the criminality within the sector.”
According to the police commander, the action on cyclists is to take toll deriving mandate from the Traffic and Road Safety Act, which regulates all road users including boda boda cyclists.
Ochola said the police will soon enforce the presidential directive of banning hooded jackets and ensuring all boda boda riders wear reflective numbered helmets and safety jackets.
The IGP revealed that there are more new regulation plans, such as operation divisions, which he said will clearly cut out areas where specific individual riders operate within the city.
“We are going to seat with KCCA as soon as possible to cut out the divisions,” said Ochola.
It has also been established that government is in negotiation with likely suppliers of GPS devices that will be forcefully installed in motorcycles.
The move to regulate boda boda operators was proposed by the President, following the gruesome murder of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga on Friday as he was returning to his home in Kawanda, a Kampala suburb.
On several occasions, assassins who gun down people ride on boda boda and flee the crime scene untraced.