Members of Bukimbiri Boda Boda Operators Limited have petitioned the Kisoro Deputy Resident District Commissioner Robert Tukamuhebwa over what they claim is, alleged harassment of their members, by Kisoro United Boda Boda Operators (KUBO).
KUBO is the founding association for boda boda riders in the district with close to 5000 members however recent leadership struggles led to the creation of Bukimbiri Boda Boda Operators Limited.
During an emergency meeting held at the district headquarters yesterday, Breakaway group, Bukimbiri Boda Boda Operators accused KUBO chairperson Robert Kalangala and his committee of confiscating a motorcycle belonging to a member of Bukimbiri Boda Boda Operators.
Mugabe Robert, the chairperson of Bukimbiri Boda Boda Association further accused KUBO members of using harassment techniques as a way of frustrating boda boda riders from the areas of Bukimbiri from working in Kisoro Municipality.
The angry boda boda riders from Bukimbiri Constituency were accompanied by two district councilors; Nkuringo LCV Councilor Bahinyuza Festus and Kirundo LCV Chairperson Louis Bishubeho who amplified the concerns of Bukimbiri Boda Boda Operators Limited.
Councilor Bahinyuza said it is now possible that with two boda boda associations in the district, the Government can send more support in terms of finances.
He noted that breaking away from KUBO is a sign of development that should not be frowned upon.
Bishubeho Louis said it is no secret that people have a tendency to think Bafumbira are better than Bakimbiri which is a form of segregation and discriminative in nature.
He noted that Bukimbiri as a constituency is growing and has every right to form its own groups that can benefit its own people.
KUBO chairperson Robert Kalangala said Bukimbiri Boda Boda Operators Limited will never see the light of day because it is undermining all the efforts geared towards uniting all boda boda riders in the district.
Kisoro Deputy RDC Robert Tukamuhebwa warned the boda boda riders to desist from committing any crimes in the name of defending their associations adding that Uganda has laws that must be followed.
He further advised the two parties to seek legal re-dress in Courts of Law if they are not pleased with the state of affairs in the boda boda association.
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