The joint security task force has called off an operation to impound motorcycles that were found operating the free zones announced on Sunday by Minister for Kampala Betty Amongi. The development came from Cabinet.
A number of motorcycles, some carrying passengers and others carrying goods were impounded by police in an early morning operation, drawing criticism from members of the public.
However, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson told the press at Uganda Media Centre that upon receiving guidance from ministry of works, the operation has been suspended temporarily.
“Upon guidance from Ministry of works and transport, the operation on implementation of the boda boda free zones has been suspended temporarily to allow for creation of outer stages out of the gazette zones and to allow for signage. A roadmap clearly outlining the process will be released or our implementation” Enanga said.
He asked boda boda riders to continue with their day to day operations until any guidance has been offered. Today Monday July 27, 2020, boda boda riders returned to normal business after 4 months of lockdown where they were only allowed to carry cargo and no passengers.
However, most of them have not followed guidelines issued by the president like writing passengers’ particulars or even wearing masks.
In a related development, Police in Kabale town impounded19 motorcycles during a Sunday night operation against motorcyclists operating within curfew hours.
Elly Maate the Kigezi regional police spokesperson says most of the motorcycles were carrying passengers.
He noted that riders will be issued with express penalty scheme fines. He cautioned people that police will not allow people to provoke them by continuously being defiant and that they should adhere to the SOPs for the smooth running of their activities.