Three army Generals are reportedly contributing to the impunity enjoyed by the boda boda cyclists in Kampala, the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, has said.
Lukwago, who said the allegations he made are contained in a report compiled by the Kampala Minister Beti Olive Kamya, said Generals Caleb Akandwanaho, Kale Kayihura and Henry Tumukunde should stop interfering with the management of the boda boda industry in Kampala.
General Saleh is the Senior Presidential Advisor on Defence and Security; Gen. Kayihura is the Inspector General of Police, while Lt. Gen. Tumukunde is the Security Minister.
“They are the Godfathers of boda-boda groups like Boda-Boda 2010 and matatu among others,” Lukwago said at a press conference held at City Hall earlier today, adding that the three Generals had hindered the reorganization of the boda boda industry in Kampala.
However, in a bid to reverse the state quo, Lukwago said the Council will pass a bill that will regulate, unify and harmonize leadership among boda-boda cyclists in Kampala as well as guide in collecting data.
“When you pay visit to most of the police station in the area, motorcycles are the first that you have a glance at meaning that there is something wrong with boda-bodas,” he said.
The Lord Mayor also took swipe at President Yoweri’s Museveni’s recent directive to have all city roads and major highways fitted with street cameras, saying the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) cannot raise the Shs400 billion needed for the exercise, with arguments that the Authority’s budget for this year had been reduced to Shs314 billion.
The President made the directive for the installation of cameras on Sunday while addressing mourners at the Kulambiro home of slain Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was killed last Friday by men reportedly riding motorcycles.
Meanwhile, Lukwago also took issue with Mr. Museveni’s comments on ‘sorting out’ motorcyclists that closely follow security personnel, saying that would promote lawlessness.
“For this Museveni is promoting anarchy and chaos in the city and I invite Parliament to act,” Lukwago said, before blaming leaders “who wait for something to happen and then start alarming.”