In the past few days, videos of rowdy bodaboda guys setting ablaze cars and clobbering owners or drivers mercilessly like a mburukenge have been on the rise. The madness seems to be reaching its peak and if we cannot act now, we shall have ourselves to blame.
It is being normalized among the bodaboda guys that whenever a driver brushes or knocks one of them down (in most cases they are always on the wrong), the driver is hammered, robbed, and the car set on fire. The street justice is slowly taking over.
There will be no need for law if every time a bodaboda guy is knocked down, the car is set on fire, the driver and his passengers beaten, sometimes killed and the perpetrators often walking free. NTSA has remained mute but this will soon be bigger than they can chew.
The behavior of the bodaboda guys in recent days only shows one thing; when you accidentally knock one down or brush him off, do not stop. You will probably be killed and your car burnt. Drive as fast as you can to the nearest police station and report yourself.
What is more worrying is the war between bodabodas and car owners is slowly turning into a class war; the haves and have nots. This is a dangerous culture that we are cultivating given that the country is currently full-blown into the politics of 2022.
It is true that the majority of our roads are poorly constructed, mostly giving little room for other road users. Given that motorbikes are “motor”, they should just respect the traffic rules. Drivers should also respect them as well as other road users.
We may be looking at the videos, getting shocked and brushing them aside, but soon it might come knocking closer home. It is better we prevent now than staggering to look for a cure later. The Ministry of Interior should give this matter a priority.