PHOTO: Deputy IGP Maj. Gen. Kasigazi in Speaker’s office yesterday
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DAYS of reckless bodaboda riders especially in Kampala capital and other towns in Uganda, are numbered! The Supreme leader of law makers in Uganda Rt. Hon. Anita Annet Among has directed Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Tumusiime Kasigazi to immediately solve the boda boda accidents crisis that continues to claim innocent lives.
In a meeting convened following release of a CCTV video by police, in which graphic details show accidents involving boda-bodas in the month of October, Speaker Among told Maj Gen Kasigazi that the country is facing a crisis which must be addressed immediately.
“We face a crisis, especially on Kampala roads as a result of reckless boda-boda riders. We must address it forthwith. You need to take critical steps to reverse this devastating trend and save lives on our roads,” said Speaker Among, noting that police should also find long-term solutions to solve the issue of road carnage, through tightening enforcement and traffic guidelines to curb errant road users.
Boda boda accidents remain the largest contributor of fatal accidents, in which at least an average of 1,918 people are killed annually, according to the 2021 Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety report.
On Saturday, State Minister for Lands Sam Mayanja’s daughter Belinda Birungi was reportedly knocked while riding on a boda-boda along Stretcher Road, Ntinda.
The boda-boda rider whose particulars were not readily available by the time of filing this report died on the spot while Birungi was rushed to hospital in critical condition before she was pronounced dead moments later.
Maj. Gen. Kasigazi agreed with the Speaker that the recent spate of accidents is a result of reckless road users, noting that police will come up with measures to address the matter.
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