Luweero Police Bans Boda Boda Motorists from Wearing Reflector Jackets

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Ninsiima says the latest incident occurred on Monday night when guys dressed in reflector jackets robbed seven travelers from south Sudan of 1.6 million shillings and their property.

Luweero police has banned boda boda motorists from wearing reflectors jackets similar to the ones used by cops. It follows increasing cases of people impersonating traffic officers to stage robberies in the district. Boda boda motorists in Luweero have been wearing reflector jackets with green and white colors for easy identification especially at night to avert possible accidents.

But Godfrey Ninsiima, the Luweero District Police Commander says they have banned motorists from wearing the reflector jackets. He says the decision stems from reports that some of the motorists have been using the jackets to stage road blocks along Kampala-Gulu highway while masquerading as traffic cops. He says at least 16 cases of robberies involving people impersonating traffic cops have been registered in the last one month.

Ninsiima says the latest incident occurred on Monday night when guys dressed in reflector jackets robbed seven travelers from south Sudan of 1.6 million shillings and their property. Some of the robbery victims are Henry Ddumba, Esther Alimo, Aisha Sunday and Betty Walusimbi. They were robbed at Kasaala village in Luweero along Kampala-Gulu highway while driving a board a vehicle registration number CE 923Z. Henry Ddumba explains that when they approached Kasaala village thugs wearing reflectors jackets waved him down forcing him to stop because he mistook them for traffic cops on patrol.

Ddumba explains that no sooner had he stopped than the thugs started attacking them and robbed them of their money and property. The thugs also took off with Ddumba’s vehicle and dumped it in Bamugolodde village, where it was recovered by police. Ninsiima says as a result of the robberies, they have resolved to ban boda boda motorists and members of the public from using reflector jackets similar to the ones used by police.  He says police will move around to sensitize the motorists before they start arresting anybody who will defy the directive.

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The decision by police to ban the use of reflector jackets has drawn mixed reactions from boda boda motorists. Many of the motorists argue that banning the use of reflector jackets will not stop robberies.

Jackson Ssemwanga, a boda boda motorist at Kasiiso stage says there are clothes similar to the uniforms used by various security agencies that are openly sold in shops, which are used by thugs adding that, police has almost done nothing over the matter.
 
Ssemwanga says that even if police stops motorists from using reflector jakckets, the robbers will continue buying them and use them to rob the public.
 
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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.