Uganda: KCCA plans to ban boda bodas from city centre
The Kampala Capital City Authority is planning to abolish stages for boda bodas in the city centre as part of its efforts to streamline public transport and reduce congestion.
KCCA spokesman Peter Kaujju said government offices, hotels and banks will under the new arrangement be no-go areas for the commercial riders.
He, however, declined to discuss the details pending official announcement, which by some accounts could happen anytime this week. A senior official familiar with the new plans said boda bodas will be prohibited from staging in the city centre areas bordered by Wandegeya, Mulago round-about via Yusuf Lule Road to Jinja Road and Warid Clock Tower junctions, and Entebbe Road up to Clock Tower (see graphic).
The riders will access the central business district only to drop off clients, but are to be banned from riding on Parliament Avenue, along which are located the Parliament, ministries of Justice and Trade as well as headquarters of the Inspectorate of Government.
Following leak of the blue-print, would-be affected boda bodas secretly met at Nakasero primary school last Wednesday where they planned measures to counter the joint KCCA-police operation to evict them, which they were told starts this morning in Wandegeya.
Mr Abdallah Kitata, the chairperson of the boda boda association, said the plans to restructure their activities are good, but they must be involved early in the preparations for it to succeed.