By Fahim Muyingo
Boda Boda riders in the five divisions of Kampala City have been given 16 more days to register with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The registration which commenced on 15th August 2022 was to run for 2 weeks, ending August 30th, across designated KCCA centres around Kampala.
In a press conference held at Uganda Media Centre, Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Deputy Executive Director of KCCA, says the extension has been made due to an upsurge in the number of Boda Boda riders at their registration centres in the last two days.
He said starting Monday 5th September, Boda Boda riders will be required to visit KCCA division offices for their data to be captured since schools which have been acting as registration centres will be preparing for learners.
So far, KCCA hasn’t gazetted the Boda Boda stages. This will be done after collecting the data of riders within Kampala.
There have been mixed reactions from opposition politicians concerning this Census, however, Luyimbazi says the operation is not a political initiative. It is aiming at securing the lives of Boda Boda cyclists, he added.
Luyimbazi also noted that over 20,000 motorcycles and their riders have been registered as of today. 2,500 to 3,000 riders registered are estimated to be registering each day.
According to KCCA, the objectives of the Boda Boda census include enabling the authority to organize and regulate the Boda Boda operations and create public transport order for the overall well-being of the city and enhance the safety and security of Boda Boda riders and their passengers.
Other objectives are to establish an online database for Boda Boda motorcycles and riders involved in Kampala public transport and to update the motor vehicle registry database with current information on Boda Boda and motorcycle ownership.
The exercise of Boda Boda registration began as a directive from the Prime Minister. This was aimed at streamlining the Boda Boda industry in the transport sector.
KCCA is conducting the exercise in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Ministry of security and the Office of the President.