Uganda bans motorcyclists from wearing hoods in bid to cut crime

In a bid to reduce crime, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Tuesday citizens will no longer be allowed to wear hooded jackets or sweatshirts while riding motorcycles.

The president of Uganda said Tuesday motorcyclists will no longer be allowed to wear hooded jackets or sweatshirts, in an effort to reduce crime. The move followed the shooting death of a lawmaker by a hooded gunman on a motorcycle. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
The president of Uganda said Tuesday motorcyclists will no longer be allowed to wear hooded jackets or sweatshirts, in an effort to reduce crime. The move followed the shooting death of a lawmaker by a hooded gunman on a motorcycle. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

The announcement followed the funeral of Ibrahim Abiriga, a controversial lawmaker who was shot dead last week by hooded men riding motorbikes.
“Going forward, we are going to implement the following measures; motorcycle riders should stop wearing hoods. They also must get new helmets with numbers visible even at night,” Museveni tweeted

Other requirements for bikers include having a licence and identification badge and wearing a branded reflective jacket that shows the rider’s membership number.

“It is time for us to wake up and say ‘Stop this!’ — and we have the capacity,” Museveni said.

Abiriga and his personal body guard were gunned down close to the Ugandan capital, Kampala. His death came one day after Museveni vowed to reduce Uganda’s rising crime rate.

By Susan McFarland