Motorcyclists’ arrests: Lugola sets strict code

21May 2019
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Motorcyclists’ arrests: Lugola sets strict code

MINISTER for Home Affairs, Kangi Lugola yesterday reiterated the warning against police officers who without proper cause arrest commercial motorcycle riders, ‘boda boda.’

MINISTER for Home Affairs, Kangi Lugola.

The minister told the legislature yesterday that there is an ongoing trend by some officers who arrest boda boda riders and take their motorcycles to police stations, only to end up losing some spare parts.

Lugola was responding to a supplementary question by Special Seats MP Rehema Migilla (CUF) who said most motorcyclists get arrested and fake cases filed against them, this being forced to pay certain amounts of money rapidly. When they delay they find some parts of their motorcycles missing.

"Let the minister tell us here who steals parts of the motorcycles in police custody and if it is the police themselves, what is the government doing to end the vice?” she demanded.

 While responding to the question, he said it is only motorcycles involved in criminal activities, accidents and those without owners which can be confiscated by the police.

He said those found guilty of other offences, including driving without  helmet should not be taken to police stations but be fined, and the fine be paid within seven days.

"The motorcycles held at police stations are always registered and in cases where any part is missing, the person who arrested the person should be liable for the loss,” said the minister.

He told MPs that in the past he used to wonder why vehicles in police custody always come out with some parts missing, noting that the trend is on motorbikes too.

Earlier, the deputy minister for Home Affairs, Hamad Yusuf Masauni said the Road Safety Act section 168 reviewed in 2002 gives police officers the power to stop any motorist, inspect the vehicle, stop it or arrest the owner.

"In the event where such vessels are arrested and taken to the police station in accordance with Police Force Regulations  number 229 and when stolen or get lost, investigation is conducted and the involved face the law,” he assured MPs.

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