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Boda Boda operators complain about Harassment

29 February 2012, 16:35 Steve Wambugu

Bodaboda operators in Nakuru Town have expressed discontent in what they termed as constant harassment by the council workers.
Speaking to journalist yesterday in Nakuru town,the bodaboda operators said that, for a very long time they had to put up with the harassment of the town council of being over change in parking fee and their motorbikes being held-up for days.
The motorbike and bicycles riders termed the sh.500 charge imposed by the Nakuru council per month as being exploitative practice, adding that the current living cost is high and such they can not afford the required amount of the money at the end of the month.  

"Recently, the council workers took away our bicycles on the  grounds that we had parked on a non designated area for motorcycles and had no licence.we were charged Sh.4,000 for its release,"said a disgusted Martin Mwangi,a bicycle operator in Nakuru town.

The operators said in addition to that, the Municipal council has imposed discriminative by-laws which restrict them from ferrying their passengers to certain points in the town.

"This has further aggravated our woes as taxis and motor-cycle operators take advantage of us on the availability of customers," added Eric Waigwa,a motor-cycle operator.

The concerned operators added that insecurity had greatly surged in the area.With the deteriorating situation, they are now forced to wind up their operations as early as 7 p.m instead of 10 p.m.

The operators cited the areas of Bondeni,Milimani,Karuga,Racecourse,Kaptembwa and Rhonda as the worst hit by the ever increasing wave of insecurity.

They urged the council to subsidize the parking fees so that they can cope with the escalating rise in the cost living.

Moreover,they said that they should also be considered in the recent proposal by the council to give small loans to the beggars in the town to start small businesses. They attributed this to the meager income they earn from their businesses due to constant harassment by the council.

They further urged the government to intervene to improve security levels in these areas. 

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