Police in Kenema have issued stern warning to bike riders to desist from overloading of passengers.
The Kenema District Traffic Officer, Inspector Mustapha Turay said the warning is not limited to Kenema city, but the entire district. He emphasized that any rider caught in violation of this warning “will face the full penalty of the law”, he stated.
Inspector said the warning is part of measures developed by the police to contain and eradicate the spread of the Ebola virus in the district and the country. He frowned at bike riders who overload their motorbikes, noting that the Ebola presence in the country is real and people should not joke with and acting otherwise not prescribed by the government and its partners.
The Kenema district head of traffic, stressed that the police will not take kindly to defaulters for any violation. He said passengers who allow themselves to be overloaded on motorbikes would be arrested and treated in like manner with the rider.
Inspector Mustapha Turay commended the government, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) and partners for their commitment in the fight against Ebola in the country. He cautioned all bike riders to adhere to the ‘don’t torch’ therapy in the fight against Ebola virus which he said has contributed greatly to the containment of the spread of the Ebola virus. Inspector Turay said Ebola is real and that bike riders should do everything possible to prevent themselves in contacting the Ebola virus and emphasize the need for all bike riders to be carrying mix chlorine with them in rubbers and to wash their hands regularly and desist from carrying sick people on their bikes. The Inspector concluded by emphasizing that the police will not take it kindly with any bike rider who transports more than one passenger on his bike as such defaulter will be arrested and charge to court.
By Saffa Moriba
Wednesday August 27, 2014