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Boda boda riders decry police harassment

Motorcycle riders in Bomet county have cited police harassment as the major obstacle in their business.

Led by Bomet Boda boda Association Chairman Alex Rotich the riders said police were unfairly targeting them in random swoops.

Speaking in Bomet Sunday, Rotich said police had perfected the art of collecting bribes from his colleagues since they knew only too well that most of them did not have licenses and insurance covers.

“Otherwise, why would police officers arrest us randomly in the guise of looking for documentation? The trend is worrying because we know all that they want is something small,” he said.

He added that they have also been unfairly treated by motorists who often demanded for driving licenses from the riders in case of accidents.

Rotich said even if some of the motorists could be guilty of causing such accidents, they would always get away with it because most boda boda riders do not have licenses and would not be willing to proceed with the issue.

The chairman, however urged boda boda operators to take note of the traffic requirements and strive to acquire requisite documentation to avoid police harassment and other legal complications whenever they got involved in automobile accidents.

By Kipngeno Korir

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