The ongoing lockdown aimed at curbing Covid-19 has left several boda boda riders in Jinja City jobless following the seizure of their motorcycles over alleged failure to make contractual remittances.

On June 16, President Museveni declared a 42-day lockdown, barring boda bodas from ferrying passengers and directing that they stop their operations by 5pm, with an exception of the sick upon presenting letters from authorities.

However, some non-banking financial institutions, which provide the motorcycles on hire purchase agreement, have started confiscating them due to alleged failure to make daily remittances.

On Nadiope East Street in Jinja City, several motorcycles are parked after they were confiscated by one of the providers.

Mr Hareed Mukisa, one of the victims operating at Jinja Bus Park Stage, said he had repaid Shs2.7m of the Shs7m loan, but the motorcycle was confiscated and put on sale after failing to meet his contractual obligations.

“I was supposed to pay Shs70,000 every week, but due to the Presidential directive barring us from carrying passengers, I couldn’t pay on time,” Mr Mukisa.

He added: “Although we were allowed to carry luggage, people were also restricted to working from their homes (except essential workers); so we have no work.”

Mr Grace Muloki, another boda boda rider in Jinja City, said his boss reclaimed the motorcycle after he failed to make the agreed daily remittance of Shs10,000.