More than 100 commercial motorcycle riders commonly known as Boda Boda and their passengers remain in police custody after being arrested on Saturday for defying presidential guidelines on COVID-19.
Government among other things stopped Boda Boda riders from carrying passengers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as one of the measures to combat the spread of the disease.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, SP Patrick Onyango, on Saturday evening, police carried out an operation in different parts of the Kampala Metropolitan area, where both riders and passengers were arrested.
“Over 100 riders and passengers were arrested and detained at various police stations in Kampala Metropolitan Police area. The suspects will be charged with disobedience of lawful orders and doing acts likely to spread an infectious disease which is coronavirus,” SP Onyango said on Sunday.
The arrest of the suspects, he says, will serve as a warning to people who continue to defy the regulation of motorcycles during the pandemic.
Boda Bodas are only allowed to carry luggage and other items but not passengers.
Government embarked on phased easing of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions as the country gradually moves to open up.
Some of the things government has since allowed to operate include both public and private cars although with restrictions, opened up malls, allowed shops selling non-food items to resume operations.
Uganda’s confirmed COVID-19 cases currently stand at 859 with 794 recoveries and no related fatalities.