Congestion in City Centre as Boda Boda riders return to Non-Motorized Transport corridor

Boda Boda riders have returned to the Non-Motorized Transport corridor in Namirembe Road, barely a month after they were evicted by KCCA.

Congestion in City Centre as Boda Boda riders return to Non-Motorized Transport corridor
Story by Mukama Evart \

Boda Boda riders have returned to the Non-Motorized Transport corridor in Namirembe Road, barely a month after they were evicted by KCCA.

They were evicted in an effort to de-congest the corridor and enforce its proper usage. More than 50 motorcycles were impounded.

However, motorists have continued to abuse the corridor, and cyclists have returned and reoccupied their earlier stages.

According to Badru Kasule a Boda-Boda rider at one of the stages on Namirembe road, KCCA has not yet provided alternative spaces for them to operate.

Apart from the cyclists, at the tail end of the corridor towards Entebbe road, there is a garbage collecting point, where more than garbage skips are stationed.

But, Robert Kalumba the KCCA deputy spokesperson says that the non-motorized corridor is supposed to be free of any motorists, and there is no gazetted Boda-Boda stage as the cyclists claim.

“Ideally, this lane is meant for cycling alone, even the pedestrians have their walkways separated. And as the name suggests, it is a non-motorized lane, and there is no reason why someone parks with his motorcycle in an area demarcated so.” Kalumba says.

According to Kalumba, in addition to enforcement, KCCA will carry out intense sensitization about the NMT.



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