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Cyclists Challenge COVID-19 Restrictions in Court

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A section of Bodaboda cyclists under the National Federation of Professional Cyclists Network has dragged the government to court over the continued restrictions imposed on their activities.

The government has maintained restrictions against motorcyclists as one of the measures to control person to person contact, one of the ways through which coronavirus disease spreads.

As a result, motorcycles are only allowed to carry luggage and operate only between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., a move which has kept many of them out of business.

A group led by the five directors of the National Federation of Professional Cyclists Network contends that the restrictions are not acceptable in a free and fair democratic society.

They add that the restriction on the bodaboda transport business is unjustifiable, when other means of transport are operating normally.

In a suit filed before the Civil Division of the High Court, the directors; Fred Kagaba, Semakula Twaha, Darausi Basereka Mbazira, Yassin Ssemuju and Umar Jjuuko Katerega stated that the restrictions are an infringement and a threat to the concerned people’s right to equality and freedom from discrimination.

The suit comes barely a week after a Bodaboda cyclist Hussein Walugembe burnt himself to death in Masaka, after he failed to get back a motorcycle which had been impounded by police for alleged breach of COVID-19 regulations.

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