KAMPALA – A Boda-boda cyclist at Arua Park in Kampala has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, for stealing a Kyambogo University student’s tuition fees and clothing.
Rashid Fadiga has been convicted by High court Judge Olive Kazarwe Mukwaya on the evidence of the victim who managed to identify him in court.
Justice Kazarwe ruled that the 12year jail term is to serve as a lesson to Fadiga and to deter those Boda boda riders who pretend to be doing a good job yet they are thieves.
Prosecution led by Pamela Orogot proved that on March 16, 2017 around 8pm, Kevin Aweko who was coming from Paida District at the time sought a ride from Fadiga to take her to Kyambogo University in Banda, but when Fadiga reached Nakasero in Kampala, he stopped and threatened to stab Aweko with a Knife, he then robbed her bag containing tuition fees UGX 450,000, knickers, trousers, blouses and a pair of shoes.
After the robbery, Aweko went back to Arua park’s Boda-boda stage and reported the matter, which led to Fadiga’s arrest since he had been seen by his fellow motorcyclists at Arua Park, taking the victim.
The judgment comes at a time when the country is grappling with high profile robberies that have seen passengers and boda-boda riders lose their lives to unscrupulous people who lynch them with intent to grab their motor bikes.
Several passengers have lost their personal belongings and cash in the scuffles that ensue as they are robbed on the various roads which has become a rampant vice.