Katumba calls for behavioural change among boda-bodas to curb accidents 

The minister of Works and Transport Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala has pledged the government’s commitment towards improving road safety in collaboration with its stakeholders to ensure the reduction of road crashes in the country.

He made the remarks as Prudential Uganda and Prudence Foundation launched the “Safe Steps” road safety campaign, a public service programme aimed at raising awareness about road safety, by providing clear and simple life-saving messages on road safety.

The two entities will implement this programme in partnership with Uganda Red Cross Society, targeting 10,000 boda-boda riders within the Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala, Entebbe, Wakiso and Mukono).

The campaign will run for six months starting September 1 2022 to February 2023.

Wamala said the latest Traffic Police report of 2021 indicates that 4,159 people were killed and 12,589 were seriously injured in road crashes.

He said this was an increase from the 3,663 killed and 8,370 seriously injured in 2020,calling for behaviour change among the riders to ensure that road crashes are reduced.

"Out of the 4,159 people killed, in 2021, 1,390 were motorcyclists accounting for the highest number of road user group killed. This does not include the motorcycle passengers who were 528. This implies that motorcycle (Boda bodas) riders are at a very high risk, and this is mostly attributed to their behaviour while using the road," he said.

He commended Prudential Uganda and Uganda Red Cross Society for implementing the Safe Steps road safety campaign in Uganda and specifically reaching out to the boda-boda community in the Kampala Metropolitan area.

Tetteh Ayitevie, the chief executive officer at Prudential Uganda said that Prudential is intentional about addressing issues that affect the livelihoods of the people in the communities in which the business operates.

"We make this possible by making communities safer, more secure and resilient by addressing key issues in education, health and safety. These key issues align to the work of Prudential and are areas we believe we can make a real impact. We are happy to partner with Road Cross in Uganda to help boda-bodas access training on road safety and life-saving emergency care skills," he said.

The secretary general, Uganda Red Cross Society, Robert Kwesiga said they are committed to road safety and recognise the rapid escalation of Uganda’s road safety crisis.

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