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Uganda to ban hooded bikers to curb crime

By BBC | Published Tue, June 12th 2018 at 08:52, Updated June 12th 2018 at 09:15 GMT +3
Museveni: we will ban covering of heads with hoods while riding in a bid to curb crime. [ BBC]

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has said his government will ban the wearing of hooded jackets while riding motorcycles, in a bid to reduce crime.

He made the announcement at the funeral of ruling party MP Ibrahim Abiriga, who was shot dead on Friday by hooded men on motorbikes.

The state-owned New Vision newspaper quoted Mr Museveni as saying that every motorcyclist will be required to wear a reflector helmet with a number for easy identification.

 “It is time for us to wake up and say 'Stop this!' - and we have the capacity” Museveni said.

“Abiriga's killers used a simple technique: they wore jackets with a hood” he added.

He says they will ban covering of heads with hoods while riding. And the helmets must have a number that can be seen clearly at night.  

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has called the killers of ruling party MP Ibrahim Abiriga "pigs",

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“These killers who kill people because of politics are pigs. I call them pigs’ he said.

Mr Museveni, who has been speaking at the MP's funeral in the northern town of Arua, accused the killers of starting a war.

“I'm confident, we are going to defeat them, they have opened a war, they are going to see what the NRM means in war,” he said.

Thousands of people are attending Mr Abiriga's funeral.

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