Eldoret and Migori Boda Boda operators decry insecurity
Uasin Gishu Boda boda operators staged a peaceful demonstration on Saturday to protest against the poor state of roads and insecurity in parts of Eldoret town.
The demonstrators blocked several roads around Kesses, demanding that the government fixes the sections of the road that they said were impassable.
Led by Boniface Ganda, the locals accused area MP James Bett of laxity in dealing with transport issues in the constituency.
“We blame the area Mp for his laxity! He has been sleeping on the job. Bett doesn’t know why he is in parliament because he doesn’t participate in the House debates,” said Ganda.
The boda boda operators complained that gangsters had been attacking them on the roads, a situation that was made worse by the fact that the region does not have street lights.
When Citizen Digital reached out to Uasin Gishu County executive for roads, Mr Gideon Birir, he said Old Nairobi Road and others in the area would be tarmacked by the National Government soon.
He also said that for the time being, the county government will maintain the roads as they wait for the tarmacking plan to be finalized.
This comes just a day after boda boda and taxi operators from Awendo accused police of colluding with thugs in the region. One of the protestors, Josphat Aketch, said officers were frustrating cases against bike theft suspects.
Migori County police commander David Kirui defended the police, saying that the operators stepped in because the locals were trying to lynch one of the suspects.
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