KCCA seek 800m shillings to register Boda Boda’s
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is seeking for Shs 800M to organise the boda boda industry by through registration and elections.
According to Benny Namugwanya, the State Minister for Kampala Affairs who was tabling the 2018/2019 Ministerial Policy statement before the Committee of Presidential Affairs at Parliament, they will register all Boda Boda in the city, and this will see to it that the industry which is currently a source of employment will give revenue to the authority.
Namugwanya said they wil carry out a thorough organisation of the industry.
She says it’s high time the Boda Boda industry is streamlined to ensure that it is not associated to crime.
According to the Minister, they will recruit workers, and buy equipment’s to facilitate the process of the registration.
“We shall need people to do the work, we shall need computers help in the process, we may need biometric machines, all these cost money. But we also need to come up with a clear plan for the boda boda industry and the future.” She said.
She says they will also organise the boda boda industry to carry out effective elections, so that the operations and leadership of boda boda’s are cleared.
She says some of the money needed will go towards elections. The minister also says with this new plan, the boda boda industry could be totally transformed.
Namugwanya informed the Committee that the decision was premised on a cabinet memo on boda boda that ordered the Authority to come up with a system to manage the boda boda industry, after reports that criminals were using the motor cycles to carry out criminal acts within the city.
“We are in the process of organizing boda bodas in the city, you know these boda bodas, it is some kind of employment but of late, people look at them as criminals, somebody dies they say the boda bodas were used. So we want to organize this industry and before we want to begin by registering them. We want to know, who are these people operating boda bodas in Kampala,”
The Authority has increased the budget for political governance from Shs15.8Billion to Shs17.8Billion with the new funds set to cater for emoluments of councilors and the money will be drawn from revenues collected from the taxi and boda boda operators.
In their 2018/2019 budget, KCCA’s budget proposal was Shs 695.26bn, however, the Ministry reduced it to Shs 479.94bn, leaving the Authority grappling with a funding gap of Sh s215.32Bn.