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Boda boda cyclists in Uganda; Do they have a role to play?

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A boda boda cyclist i Kampala

You will agree with me that almost every one hates bodaboda at some point and in some instances we feel like we cannot do away with them. When you look at the means of transport in Uganda,Bodaboda is one of the most common.

The funny part is that however much we hate them, we look for them and for sure they become handy especially if you are late and there is this un ending jam,or when you have woken up late and yo must make it very fast for an appointment or even when you need to be taken to the exact place ( i mean they pass even where cars have never thought of passing).

The major problem with them is that even if they are required to have driving permits, most of them dont even know how a permit looks like. Because they are not trained, they often make many mistakes on the road which lead to accidents even when one thinks it would be avoided.

Once they make a mistake, chances are hight they will abandone the motor cycle and go. After all they do not belong to them. They are only asked to ride them and give the “boss” agreed money per day or week. The bosses dont require anthing for one to bi given the motor cycle,so he doesnt need to ask for anything if calls him/her and says i have stopped riding your motor cycle and  its at the police.

The qestion remains; what can be done to stream line the bodaboda business? They have so many problems and yet we cant do without them.Its like we are addicted. Police looks at them making mistakes and its like they have nothing to do.

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