A bodaboda rider in Voi was on Monday night beheaded by unknown assailants triggering widespread fear among the operators in the region.
The headless body was found on Tuesday dumped at Ndara area at the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. The victim’s head was later found several meters away in the bush.
The victim is said to have spent the better part of the day carrying an unidentified passenger on his motorbike who police are looking for to shed light on the gruesome murder.
Confirming the incident, Voi OCPD Joseph Chesire said the body was taken to Moi County Referral Hospital awaiting postmortem. He said police had launched investigations even as a hunt for the ride pillion who was last seen with the victim intensifies.
“It is a tragedy. The assailants decapitated the rider and stole his bike. We are pursuing crucial leads and will apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” he said.
Bodaboda riders have however blamed the police for not showing enough commitment in pursuit of criminals terrorizing the sector. Last month, another rider was found strangled at Caltex area. His motorbike was missing. Prior to that incidence, another rider narrowly escaped death after thugs wire-tripped him. He was rescued by passersby.
Monday’s night murder brings to three, the number of riders killed in the region in the last two months.
The chair of bodaboda riders in the region Mr. Mohammed Dudu condemned the killing and blamed the police for incompetence. He added that several cases reported to the police have not been taken seriously.
He threatened that the riders will no longer sit back as thugs continued to terrorize them.
“We have suffered enough under the hands of these killers. The police should act on our grievances,” he said.
The OCPD however said the police were pursuing the thugs and would soon bring them all to book. He also said the bodaboda riders were being uncooperative when security measures were put in place. He cited the directive that all riders should stop operating past 11pm at night which was blatantly disregarded.
He noted that criminals normally struck late at night and targeted riders who worked the late night shift.
“We told them to stop working during those late hours to minimize the risk of encountering the criminals but our advice was disregarded,” he said.
The police also advised the riders not to allow suspicious passengers to board their bikes pointing out most criminals masqueraded as clients.
Source: Kenya News Agency