Boda boda riders demand for freedom

Boda Boda riders in Elburgon have raised concerns over an 11 pm- dawn curfew terming it a threat to the growth of their businesses.

Speaking during a meeting with the security personnel and the local leaders, the riders through their chairman, Mr. John Gitonga noted that working only up to 11pm was punitive since most most rely on bodaboda as their main means of transport hence paralyzing movement in the night.

Gitonga said that there was need to lift the curfew, adding that the members have vowed to maintain peace during and after elections and have no intentions whatsoever to engage in crime.

The same sentiments were echoed by the Member of County Assembly Jubilee nominee, Njuguna Mwaura who observed that there was need to lift the curfew as soon as possible citing emergency cases, like rushing sick persons to nearby health facilities in an area that lacks an ambulance, making Bodaboda a key ingredient in the transport sector.

Since the onset of the curfew, their relationship with the police officers has been pathetic as some of their colleagues are in custody over petty crimes.

The Officer Commanding Station (OCS), Andrew Kivindio, urged the riders to work closely with the security officers and improve on their rapport in an effort to curb crime and bring the real culprits to book.

Kivindio said when normalcy is restored, the cyclists may operate 24hours on condition that they maintain sobriety in their work and had the necessary documentation.

Source: Kenya News Agency