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Cabinet Approves KCCA’s Boda Boda-Free Zones Demarcation

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The Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs Betty Amongi has declared that the boda boda-free zone policy will start operating with effect from November 1, 2020. This comes after the cabinet approved KCCA’s decision to create a boda boda-free zone in the Central Business District (CBD).

“The free zone will be starting from, Wampewo roundabout, Jinja road, kitgum house junction, access road, mukwano road, clock tower, kafumbe mukasa road, kisenyi, kyagwe road, watoto church, bombo road, Wandegeya, Haji Musa Kasule road, Mulago roundabout and Kamwokya junction.

While addressing the media, Amongi stated that, they engaged Boda boda leaders and with all the concerns received, they decided to provide more time and ensure a well organised system of work.

“Following the many concerns from boda boda riders, we have decided to put up 585 stages within the city where they will be operating and give them more time to register. Each stage will have a code, color and number for easy identification,” She said.

She also noted that cabinet approved 579 boda boda stages spread through the five divisions of Kampala. The Central division has 32 stages, Kawempe 89 stages, Makindye 136 stages, Nakawa 146 stages while Rubaga division has 179 stages.

Amongi added that, within the 90 days, all riders will have to register at every KCCA division where they will pick a stage of their choice.

“As a Ministry, we will use the 90 days to erect signage of stages, engage Boda boda leaders to standardize transport fees and help them form SACCOs,” She further explained.

She added that digital transport companies should also register their members in a format approved by the Ministry of Works and must belong to a gazetted stage.

“The Ministry of ICT is developing a digital app that will help riders and digital companies to register manually. A passenger will be able to access the rider’s information and the routes he is supposed to use,” Amongi said.

Amongi stated that the Ministry will, however, procure buses running through the same free zones and carrying passengers at a low cost.

“To ensure affordable mass public transport, we will also procure buses running through the same free zones and operating at a very low cost.”

She urged boda boda riders who are violating the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures to stop henceforth so that they don’t have to be forced into another lockdown.

“Riders are supposed to wear helmets, a face mask and carry sanitizers at all times. They, however, started violating the safety laws just two days after resuming work, this should stop because it will force us back into a lockdown,” Amongi added.



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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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