Following the rampant Bodaboda accidents, Olive Najjuma, the Fatboy Show presenter, urged Ugandans to improve their time management skills to avoid using rush transport means that put their lives in danger.
“We might start looking into time management because Ugandans are known for not keeping time since we know that we will use bodabodas to get to our destinations in a few minutes. So you jump on a Boda and tell the guy that you are in a hurry, and he will also drive you like you are one of Elon Musk’s Space X employees,” Olive said.
Her advice follows the police’s launch to start a crackdown on bodaboda cyclists and their operations in Kampala as the festive season nears. Last week, Faridah Nampiima, the traffic police spokesperson, reported that bodabodas are responsible for most crashes in the country.
During the operation, the traffic police will ensure cyclists wear helmets, are dressed in reflector jackets, carry one passenger, and have third-party insurance, among other necessities.
Similarly, Fatboy advised bodaboda passengers to take charge when on the bikes other than simply being passive.
“Keep your eyes open to the environment and surroundings, pay attention to traffic lights, and if you notice that your Boda seems to want to pass by red traffic lights, you might want to tap him on the shoulder and tell them to hang on,” Fatboy advised.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, and Sarah every weekday from 6 am to 10 am on RX Radio.