According to Wycliffe Ambenje, the chairman of Julika Motorcycle Sacco in Kakamega town, Boda boda business is now dangerous. Youths pretend to be your client and direct you to lonely paths, where they kill you and steal your motorcycle.
He says that the business has been infiltrated by criminals gangs who are also stealing from their colleagues.
Just recently ,the body of a missing Burundian national was on Friday found in Turkana.
Refugees from Kakuma Camp at Kalobeyei village found the body along the Nalio dry river bed in Turkana West.The deceased was identified as Nkeshimana Adelin,35. He was a boda boda rider in Kakuma and lived at the refugee camp.
Turkana West police boss Joseph Cheruiyot said the deceased had been reported missing a week ago. “We will establish the course of his death and arrest the culprits behind this heinous act,” he said.
The killing comes a week after a 28-year old motorcyclist was shot dead by his pillion passenger on Monday in Kutus town, Kirinyaga County.
Evans Chomba, the bodaboda rider, was amidst his workmates when the passenger approached him and asked to be ferried to Kianjiru market.
It was just a few minutes into the ride when the passenger asked him to stop, after which he shot him multiple times.
According to Daily Nation, the passenger searched Chomba for any valuables, took his motorbike and identity card before he fled.
On hearing the gunshots, residents rushed to the scene of the crime where they found Chomba in a pool of blood. It is then that the police were notified.
The deceased sister, Margret Wambora, who spoke after the incident suspected the attack might have been planned.
“I almost collapsed when I heard what had happened to my brother,” she highlighted calling on the police to arrest the assailant who orchestrated the heinous act.
Residents in this area claim that it is not the first time an incident similar to this has happened claiming that a number of people have been killed and their property stolen.
“He has been terrorizing our people for the last three years but police have failed to tame him,” Stephen Mwangi, a resident, claimed.
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