KAMPALA CITY, UGANDA:– Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has expressed the need to collect data about cars and bodaboda motorcycles operating in Kampala for proper planning.
This follows a report released by KCCA indicating that every year over 1.35 million Ugandans perish in road traffic accidents affecting mostly the pedestrians.
While launching Kampala’s road safety strategy plan for 2021- 2030 on Tuesday, Lukwago raised the need to know the number of vehicles and boda bodas to help in policy formation and monitoring.
“We do not have complete data of the vehicles we have in Kampala here, including public transport, we need to capture all this,” Lukwago said.
In 2013, some reports claimed 300,000 bodabodas were operating in Kampala, although data from the Kampala Capital City Authority showed 120,000 registered motorcycles in the city around the same time.
But the number of bodabodas could be higher as many are unregistered.
Efforts to register all bodabodas and gazette their stages have been failing over the years, due to resistance from the operators themselves, politicians and security operatives.
The former Police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura vehemently opposed former KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi’s drive to register bodabodas and gazetting their stages.