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Busia boda boda chair targets 2017 elections

04 September 2014, 15:47 Jane Zack

Busia - The new Busia County Boda boda Association Chairman, Eric Makokha has declared that he will vie for the MCA seat in 2017 general elections.

Makokha garnered 478 votes to beat his closest challenger, Jacob Oloo, who got 29 votes in the boda boda polls presided over by Protocol officer in the Governor's office, Joseph Ikaal.

Japolo Joseph came third after getting 28 votes. Destiny Okot was third fourth five votes while J. SSebo finished last with one point.

Addressing his supporters after the peaceful elections at Busia Polytechnic on Wednesday, Makokha said time for boda boda operators to play second fiddle is over.

He said, "I want to assure my opponents that I will be in the ballot and I will never leave it for anybody since we have the numbers to vote for our own."

"I have been the chairman of bicyclists and later motorcyclists in 2000 to confirm that I am the bet for the seat which will enable me articulate issues affecting the members," he added.

Makokha said should he fail to be elected, he will push for his nomination, adding that their 14 000 membership will give him a start to be nominated.

He thanked the County Government of Busia for lighting up Busia and Malaba town saying the kind gesture had made their operations easier.

However, Makokha took issue with the police for banning the operation of motorcycles past 9pm in Malaba saying it was not tenable.

The much anticipated Busia boda boda elections had aborted two weeks ago when members rejected attempts to introduce secret ballot system.

Over 300 members who had turned up for the exercise at Busia Polytechnic grounds marched to the County Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru's office to register their displeasure at the manner in which the polls were conducted.

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