THIS WEEK: Boda Boda riders set to be registered
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Amidst increasing complaints about the Boda Boda industry being unregulated, the government will soon start registering all cyclists in Kampala once drafting of guidelines is complete.
Kampala City Council Authority’s Director for Corporate Affairs Peter Kaujju revealed this to journalists saying they are currently engaging relevant authorities where the industry falls to see what’s required for the registration exercise to kick off.
He said the plan is to release a registration roadmap highlighting which areas to be registered first in addition to ousting guidelines which will provide the procedure one has to follow to engage in the business which will involve taxes to be paid, areas gazatted as stages, identification for riders and the procedure to elect leaders among others.
This move however follows sharp disagreements between leaders of several Boda Boda associations and allegations of some of them involving in criminal activities that recently Abdallah Kitatta, the leader of a faction Boda Boda 2010 was arrested over engaging in criminal activities. However, in 2013, the authority attempted to register Boda Bodas operating in the city but the exercise was halted by police as many of them resisted the exercise and rivalry between the different associations intensified.