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Boda boda operators in Bungoma vow to boycott paying tax

16 October 2013, 15:31 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Showdown looms in Mt Elgon sub-County after Public service Motorcyclists commonly referred to as Boda boda operators in area vowed not to pay taxes to the Bungoma County Government until basic amenities are put up by the authority.

The irate operators on Tuesday morning roughed up a revenue collector from the County government who was on duty along the Kapsokwony-Kimilili route, who on noticing that his life was in danger dived into a nearby thicket.

The group of more than 50 operators took a chair and rope used as barriers and dumped them at the nearby Kapsokwony sub-County offices.

Speaking to journalists, their Chairman, Brighton Kiplangat, accused the County administration of disregarding numerous pleas to provide vital facilities including a shed and toilet.

“Our numerous pleas to the authority to set up these vital structures have fallen on deaf ears, the administration has turned a blind ear to our plight yet they expect us to gladly continue paying taxes as if nothing was wrong. We will not accept that, ” charged Kiplang’at.

Mt. Elgon interim sub-County administrator, Reuben Wanyama, held an impromptu meeting with the officials of the riders at his office and warned them against obstructing revenue officers from performing their duties, noting that it is against the law and that the culprits risk prosecution if they are arrested.

He appealed to the operators to continue complying with existing County government bylaws and promised to move with speed in liaising with the relevant authorities to put up a toilet facility together a shed, which will act as a stage for the operators.

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