Tom explains: “For many people in Uganda and other parts of Africa, boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) are the transport of choice – they are quick and cheap, and can weave through traffic congestion. They have also become one of the best ways to make a living in Uganda, which has a high rate of youth unemployment. However, they are also a divisive, and a lack of regulation means they are hated by many in the capital Kampala, where the government has tried but repeatedly failed to organise, tax or outlaw them.
By some estimates there are now up to a million boda-boda drivers in Kampala, which makes this group of young men a very powerful political force with the potential to be mobilised into violence if their livelihoods are threatened. This documentary explores the rise of the boda-boda phenomenon and considers prospects for the future”
The 30-minue documentary was first aired on 22 February 2016 and is now available to listen via iPlayer.