CANCELLED LORD MAYOR'S TRIP: Kampala Minister Beti Olive Kamya

Following the arrests of the wayward and dreaded members of the Boda Boda 2010 organization that was led by Abdallah Kitatta, the Minister for Kampala Beti Olive Namisango Kamya now says the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will begin the process of structuring the boda boda industry activities in the city this week.

“We are really happy that this has gone down, we can now organize the boda-boda industry. These warlords are in every part of the city until the law gets them. They use all sorts of tools to get away with their crimes,” Minister Kamya said, and lauded the security agencies for carrying out the arrests.

Minister Kamya noted that KCCA’ 5-year efforts to organize the boda boda industry had been hindered by among others the self-styled Boda Boda 2010 ‘patron’ Kitatta.

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“Their underground activities have been exposed and  brought to book, the industry will be streamlined this week,” she said in an interview held at the Office of the Prime Minister.

“This has been a long-running problem in Kampala. In 2013 Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tried to establish stages for boda bodas but it was frustrated mainly by Boda-Boda 2010 and their leader was at the forefront of it all. He (Kitatta) had frustrated Kampala city authorities’ efforts to organize the industry in the city,” Ms. Kamya added.

According to Ms. Kamya, Boda-boda 2010 is a registered organization but whose vile actions have affected so many people among them cyclists from rival groups such as Century Boda Boda Company.

Over the weekend the joint force of the police, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) conducted an operation that led to arrest over 30 Boda Boda 2010 members including their leader Kitata. The suspected thugs are currently held at CMI headquarters, while security officers are recovering motorcycles which were reportedly confiscated from other cyclists.

In a related development, yesterday cyclists around the city jubilated following the arrest of the Boda Boda 2010 members and vowed to stand as witnesses in case they are produced before court.

The wild jubilations also saw the burning of Boda Boda 2010 properties including Kitatta’s two offices in the Kampala suburbs of Bukesa and Nateete.