In an unexpected turn of events, Police have suspended operations against Bodaboda riders who were entering the city center. Riders are now free to ride to any part of Kampala as long as they follow the anti-covid19 guidelines.
Today, 27th July, Bodaboda cyclists were set to get back to business after presidential permission to transport clients. However since this morning, Kampala has been in dire confusion as law enforcement agents have carried out massive Bodaboda impounds across the city, after cabinet approved Bodaboda free zones where riders are prohibited from entering or accessing.
In a statement released from Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) on Saturday, Bodabodas were given guidelines of operation in response to the directives from Cabinet and the President to allow for smooth operation.
According to the minister for KCCA and Metropolitan Affairs, Betty Amongi, cabinet approved 579 boda boda stages in Kampala spread through the five divisions of Kampala. The Central division has 32 stages, Kawempe 89 stages, Makindye 136 stages, Nakawa 146 stages while Rubaga division has 179 stages.
All boda boda operators would have to be registered at any of the gazetted stages as this would be their address to enable contact tracing in case of any COVID-19 infection.
Boda boda operators were required to register at any gazetted stage of their choice, while all Boda boda App companies like Safe Boda, Bolt and Uber and associations like Century Boda, shall share with KCCA the register of all their members after registering every member to a gazetted stage.
The boda boda free zone was designated to run along the following boundaries; Wampewo Roundabout to Jinja Road to Kitgum House junction – Access Road – Mukwano Road to Clock Tower–Kafumbe Mukasa Road–Kisenyi Road–Mackay Road-Kyaggwe Road-Watoto Church-Bombo Road–Wandegeya – Hajji Musa Kasule Road-Mulago roundabout- Kamwokya junction – Sturrock Road – Prince Charles Drive- Lugogo Bypass–Jinja Road- Wampewo Roundabout.
Only utility and delivery service motorcycles were to be allowed in the Bodaboda free zone area.