KAMPALA – The operationalisation of the boda boda free zone in Kampala City has been deferred to August 31.
On Sunday, Kampala Minister Betty Amongi announced that the Boda Boda Free Zone would run along the boundaries of Wampewo Roundabout- Jinja Road to Kitgum House junction – Access Road – Mukwano Road to Clock Tower –Kafumbe Mukasa Road –Kisenyi Road –Mackay Road- Kyaggwe Road- Watoto Church-Bombo Road – Wandegeya – Hajji Musa Kasule Road- Mulago roundabout- Kamwokya junction – Sturrock Road – Prince Charles Drive- Lugogo Bypass–Jinja Road- Wampewo Roundabout.
However, on Monday, police decided to impound boda bodas operating in the free zone.
This prompted the leadership of different Boda boda associations to engage Police and the Works and Transport Ministry to stay the operationalisation of the Boda boda free zone. Consequently, police stopped their operations and returned impounded motorcycles to the riders.
Mr Daniel Nuwabine, the Acting KCCA Spokesperson, said they have suspended enforcement of the Boda boda Free zone until August 31st, 2020 to permit riders that had stages within the designated area to register at other stages outside the zone.
He says the zone has been established to decongest the city, reduce emissions and promote orderliness. Nuwabine says people will have to use taxis or walk when they get into the Boda Boda free zone.
Boda bodas can now carry passengers to all areas but abide by the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs including wearing a mask, helmet, registering passengers, sanitizing passengers and the seat, keeping their cloths clean and meeting all traffic requirements and taxes.