Boda boda riders in Tororo district have this afternoon stormed Tororo Central Police Station protesting unlawful arrests and impounding of their motorcycles by security personnel.
The riders accused police of forcing them to pay money before their motorcycles are released.
The riders first went to the Resident District Commissioner’s (RDC) office where they camped for over 30 minutes.
The RDC however directed them to go to the DPC’s office where they went hooting and singing songs against police.
While at police, Richard Opeto, one of the riders told the DPC that his motorcycle was today carried by a police officer from where he had parked at the stage without any luggage or passenger, something he said was improper.
Tabu Opono, another boda boda rider said ever since lock down was imposed and the government suspended them from carrying passengers, they have always been having running battles with police who have been unsparingly impounding their motorcycles and only release after paying some money to them.
Opono says as riders, they are tired of police illegal actions on them.
Ever since the lock down, Tororo police has impounded more than 200 motorcycles from riders and this is continuing since Tororo district is still under lock down.
Tororo police district DPC while addressing the boda boda riders at Tororo central police station said he will continue impounding motorcycles and arresting cyclists as long as they continue carrying passengers.
He asked them to be patient till the day government will lift lock down.
He also encouraged them to police themselves through condemning those who carry passengers to reduce friction between them and the police.