When I was a child I remember being told how to cross a road.
“Look left. Look right. Look left again. Make sure it’s clear. Go!”
I think they have taken that bit out of the school curriculum because I use bodas a lot and I’m amazed that I haven’t been involved in at least accidents where 60 pedestrians have died.
I occasionally lose my head. I’m on a boda, we’re about to make a turn and a Ugandan without bothering to scope the joint starts crossing the road. He either jumps forward or backwards in alarm when we almost hit him. We didn’t know he wanted to cross and he didn’t check for who was coming.
Ugandans leave their lives at the hands of drivers and boda boda riders because who knows-the law tells them to love complete strangers?
I said sometimes I lose my head. I ask my boda to stop and give the Ugandan a lecture so vitriolic that God feels no need to intercede.
Pedestrians are killed and whoever knocks them down is murdered in mob justice. But just how many of these accidents are killed by the pedestrians themselves?
When I was a teen I crossed the road like a Ugandan one day and got exactly what I deserved. The cat hit me, I crashed into the windshield and lost consciousness. I came to a few minutes later to find the driver being beaten and I had to push the crowd away.
“Leave him alone, it was my fault!”
I rarely say ‘Government etuyambe’ but I’m saying it now. Introduce road crossing into the school curriculum.