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Last Updated: Monday, 19 April, 2004, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
Uganda's leader given bike ride
Bicycle taxi
Boda boda taxis are a cheap means of transport in Uganda
Uganda's president rode on the back of a bicycle at the weekend, after his official convoy failed to materialise.

President Yoweri Museveni beckoned a bicycle taxi operator over when his helicopter landed in Fort Portal in western Uganda.

He was chief guest at celebrations to mark the 12th birthday of King Oyo of Toro.

Bicycle taxis are a cheap means of transport used by ordinary people in Uganda and the western parts of Kenya.

The five "boda boda" riders who ferried the president and his staff to the function were paid about $35, according to The New Vision newspaper.

"I am sorry I came to the King's palace on a boda boda," President Museveni was quoted as saying after arriving at the palace.

President Museveni is the Toro Kingdom guardian and is required to attend the ceremonies at Karuzika Palace.

It was the second time in two days that the president has resorted to ordinary transport as a result of unexpected problems with his convoy, the newspaper reported.

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