KAMPALA – Following the rampant killings of boda-boda motorcyclists in the country, Uber Uganda has on Friday, August 23, suspended its night shift operations until further notice.
Taking to its official twitter handle on Friday morning, Uber Uganda tweeted to its online community of over 7,300 followers noting;
“Due to emerging safety concerns affecting Boda Boda riders & drivers at night, we made a proactive safety call to turn off the Uber Boda option from 11pm- 6am daily, starting 19 August 2019 until further notice. The UberX option is still available 24/7.”
Uber Technologies, Inc. is an American multinational transportation network company (TNC) that offers services that include peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system.
The San Francisco based company has operations in over 785 metropolitan areas worldwide and following its start of business in 2009, as of 2019, Uber is estimated to have 110 million worldwide users.
Uber’s announcement comes at the time Uganda is coming to terms with rampant killings of boda boda riders across the country with recent incidence involving Police’s arrest of one of the suspects who they say appeared in CCTV footage strangling a Boda boda rider in Rubaga Division in Kampala last month.
Police confirmed the arrest of John Bosco Mugisha alias Mukiga who confessed to have committed the assault with a friend, Young Mulo who strangled Derrick Mulindwa at Kakyeka in Mengo Rubaga, in Kampala around 4am on 30 June 2019. The duo was caught on CCTV footage strangling Mulindwa to death before making off with his motorbike