By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus – On Sunday, February 7th, 2022, President Museveni finally lifted the curfew on Boda Bodas, allowing them to move 24 hours. This is to start today, Monday, 7th February 2022.
President Museveni announced this during the Terehe Sita on Sunday. “I want to announce that starting tomorrow at 6 pm, boda boda riders are open to continue work. From tomorrow, the boda bodas can work trans night like all the others,” Museveni said, noting that he had been briefed that since he reopened the night economy, many people have been sleeping in bars because there are no boda bodas to transport them home.
The President had maintained a ban on Boda Bodas, not allowing them to operate beyond 7pm citing criminality.
“I know some are thieves and others murderers, but we shall see how to deal with them in another way but not closing them. We will introduce digital monitors in all motorcycles and vehicles at their cost. You have to buy the digital tracking device,” he said.
“We want to end crime using motorcycles and vehicles by introducing digital monitors so that if I am here, central command knows who is here. If I try to remove it, the central command will see who is trying to remove it. The issue of using vehicles to commit crimes and change plate numbers is finished. It will no longer happen.”
Museveni also cited that within the next six months, the process of introducing spy chips in all vehicles and motorcycles would begin.
The entire opening is expected to restore the economy that has contracted harshly over the last two years, with taxes continuing to remain very low.