By Mariam Namakula
Nakawa boda boda riders have asked government to extend curfew to at least 9pm if they are to survive the financial constraints during these hard times.
According to them, the presidential directive for them to stop working at 6pm has greatly affected them, leaving them heavily poverty-stricken.
Chairperson Nakawa boda boda riders Rashid Kawaawa, says it is at 6pm that busy hours start, when most of the people in the country are getting back home from work.
Julius Kibiseemu, also a boda boda cyclist in Nakawa, asked government to consider their plea of extending their working hours to at least 9pm so that they can effectively take advantage of the busy hours when workers are rushing back home, from work. Other boda boda riders in attendance also asked for the same.
This was during the launch of a Covid-19 special motor cyclists team dubbed the HAM COVID-19 TEAM NAKAWA DIVISION BODA BODA TASKFORCE, at the district headquarters on Wednesday.
Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Anderson Burora noted that the intention of the campaign was to reinforce the COVID-19 standard operating procedures, ensure effective sensitization and awareness of the pandemic and boost self-immunity against the pandemic.
“The security of our country is everyone’s responsibility but this cannot be done by the security agents alone and that why we have collaborated with you the boda boda riders to ensure effective intelligence and information flow,” he said.
While enforcing the 42 days partial lock down, president Museveni threated a total lock down especially for those who did not follow his directives.