Police in Kabale used tear gas and live bullets to disperse over 500 angry bodaboda operators who were protesting over what they termed as extortion and harassment by the security operatives.
The cyclists yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration from Nyakizijumba checking point to Rwakaraba checking point riding their motorcycles at speed and carrying posters of President Museveni.
They packed their motorcycles in the middle of the Kabale -Mbarara highway at Nyakijumba which paralyzed traffic for about 20 minutes.
This prompted police led by the Field Force Unit Commander Henry Kisembo to disperse the protesters using teargas and live bullets.
The Bodaboda riders accused police and the UPDF of frequently arresting the under the pretext of Covid19 guidelines, and then charging them money to release them in the night.
Erifazi Gumisirize and Hilary Nasasira said that last week they were arrested at around 7pm when they were going home and they were caned before they were forced to pay 30,000 Uganda shilling to be released.
They also accuse security of selective implementation of the law saying that security has only targeted bodaboda operators yet there are other people who defy presidential directives.
However, Brian Ampaire the Kabale DPC dismissed claims by the bodaboda operators accusing them of lacking discipline.
He noted that even recently, a bodaboda rider intentionally knocked and injured a UPDF officer who was out on patrol.
He added that security has resumed serious operation after realizing that Covid-19 patients are increasing in Kabale district.