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Boda boda operators aid thieves in cross-border crime

18 March 2015, 21:52 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - The recent spate of robberies in villages along the Kenya - Uganda border has been aided by motorbike operators who help thieves to cross and steal from either country.

Bungoma County Commissioner, Maalim Mohamed revealed that they are liaising with their counterparts in Uganda to stop the menace that is threatening diplomatic relationships between the two states.

Speaking yesterday during a public peace forum in Lwandanyi market Bungoma West Sub County, Mohamed said that they have already launched an investigation to arrest all bodaboda operators aiding robbers to commit crime and escape on motorbikes.

"We are not going to leave anything to chance. Those mentioned in the syndicate should surrender before we come for them because we cannot accept a few people to cause disharmony in this area," ordered the commissioner.

Two weeks ago, residents of Lwandanyi market overpowered the police officers and stoned to death three theft suspects who had allegedly come from the neighboring country to rob a shopkeeper.

The commissioner also cautioned residents of major border points of Lwakhakha and Chepkube against housing guests from across the border who might be having hidden agenda.

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"We need to coexist as neighboring countries and not through crime but development, East African Countries should work on a mutual agreement and maintain peace," he said.

Sirisia MP, John Waluke accused Chiefs, their assistants and village elders in Lwakhakha and Lwandanyi of housing cattle thieves from the neighboring country which has made locals to live in fear.

"The government officers are the ones keeping thieves in their houses. Let them stop this menace and be the first ones to curb it before tough action is taken against them," he said.

Waluke disclosed that there are many illegal guns in the hands of the public in Bungoma West and Cheptais sub-County that borders Uganda due to the porous entry points.

"If peace is to be found, let the illegal arms in the wrong hands be taken by the government so that locals can coexist peacefully," he said.

The commissioner warned those involved in cross-border crime that the government will not allow them to cause fear among the locals.

“Boda boda operators are auctioning this country because of cheap money. Let them be vigilant or else they will be arrested and charged as their accomplices. We cannot allow the motorbike operators to be used to ferry dangerous criminals and/ or trafficking contraband goods including illegal guns,” posed Mohamed.

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