Kampala Road. Kasozi Paul, a bodaboda cyclist was arrested in the middle of a busy section near Post Office building today for slowing down his bike at the zebra crossing to let pedestrians cross the road.
Earlier in the morning at around 8 am, Kasozi left his home in Bwaise for work. It was all fine until he reached this particular zebra crossing where pedestrians were waiting to cross the road. Kasozi, who apparently believes boda-bodas must obey the law, slowed down his bike and stopped it at the zebra crossing to let the people pass. All of a sudden, two traffic cops who were busy killing time at the nearby newspaper stand came running toward him and started scolding him for slowing down.
According to eyewitnesses, the other bodaboda riders and taxi drivers who were behind Mr. Kasozi gathered there as well and helped the cops humiliating the troubled rider.
“He was spread eagled over the bonnet of the police car in seconds by the cops and they started searching him hastily. Then they asked him for paper, and he handed over them the license and other documents, but they spanked him saying; not these papers you idiot, we mean paper not papers.
After the incident, Kasozi who was still in a state of shock said, “I just stopped my bike at a zebra crossing, I was just following the rules. I wonder why they took my license, fined and humiliated me in front of the media before warning me about my future conduct,” a teary Kasozi said.
According to the other motorists Amawulire.com spoke to, the traffic cops did their job right. “To hell with the rules man. Kampala is a city with a rich culture and heritage. We follow the culture not the freaking rules. And Kampala traffic culture teaches bodabodas and taxis that you should speed up your bike or vehicle when you see pedestrians trying to cross the road and win the race. What kind of idiot Kasozi was to stop his bike?” Hajji Seeka, a senior taxi driver along Jinja road stated.
“Why would you stop your bike when you can scare the shit out of the pedestrians by revving your engine or speeding up and feel like Sebuguzi or Michael Schumacher. All I could say is that we must respect our cultural and religious values more than anyone else and nobody has the right to hurt our sentiments. The cops did well to stop that knucklehead.” a furious Hajji went on to add.
When our reporter asked a taxi driver who was just behind Kasozi about his opinion on the whole scenario, he replied, “Well, whatever! He followed the rules by slowing down his bike, pedestrians crossed the road, the cops got to arrest him, and we taxi-drivers got to blow the horn nonstop. Everyone is happy!”