Uganda Police have revealed that they have so far registered over 150,000 motorcycles in the ongoing mandatory Nationwide Boda Boda registration.
Police embarked on the registration two months ago in a move to clean up and modify the boda boda industry.
Addressing journalists on Monday at Police headquarters in Naguru, the force’s spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the process is aimed at finding the exact number of bodabodas in the country in order to put them in the security database which will enable easy identification and monitoring.
“This exercise is to pave way for Police for easy monitoring of all boda bodas. Every territorial police unit working through the crime intelligence officers and detectives have been able to map out and identify all stages within their territories,” said Enanga.
He said that riders must ensure that they indicate and provide the particulars of their national identity cards, place of residence, type of motorcycle, supporting documents of the motorcycle and its other particulars.
“Although Bodabodas are very essential currently in our communities the public must also be aware that there are no legal frameworks governing this sector. This has given criminals to use them to commit crimes,” said Enanga.
Among the key issues to be monitored are; driver’s licence, traffic code, criminality records and even the operation stage.
“We believe that this is part of our security enhancement mechanism because we have been finding challenges that many are vulnerable and some also double as criminals at the same time, so this registration is going to help weed out riders who are not very thorough with their documentation,” he added.
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