Bodaboda operators in Nakuru raise concerns over insecurity
16 September 2016, 20:42
Nairobi - A section of motorbike Boda boda operators at Whitehouse estate on the outskirts of Nakuru town have raised an alarm over insecurity issues and have asked the County Government of Nakuru to ensure their security especially after reported cases of some of them losing their bicycles in unclear circumstances.
Speaking to media on Friday, the Bodaboda operators also condemned the police whom they said have been arresting them anyhow without any serious mistakes committed.
They said they have reported several cases to the police but no action has been taken so far and therefore called on the Government to come out clear on that.
“As motorbike operators in this area of Whitehouse, we are living in fear as our security is now balancing on a thin blade. Some of us are carrying those saying they are passengers but when in some corners they beat us and take away our motorbikes” said one operate who identified himself as Njoroge.
His sentiments were echoed by another operator identified as Victor who said that the matter should be addressed with immediate effect.
He said some are disguising themselves as passengers only reveal their true colors at a particular incident.
“Our lives are in danger since some people will always disguise as passengers but some have even turned to be gangs or coordinators of the same” said Victor.
John Kiritu,community leader and an aspirant for Menengai Ward who was also at the meeting raised an issue with the security agencies saying the matter should be looked into with urgency as it touches on the security of the motorbike operators.
Kiritu called on the county Government of Nakuru to take the matter with due seriousness adding that matters of security of the people should not be ignored at any given time.
“This are people who are out to look for daily bread for their families and therefore their security is paramount. I would like to appeal to the security agencies to look into the matter.Let us ensure that the laws we put in place are not to kill their ambitions but to empower them” said Kiritu.
Most Motorbikes operators have in the recent days raised concern over their security with some losing their lives in the hands of unknown people.
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