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Escalating fuel prices in Homa Bay impedes Boda-boda business

Boda-boda operators in Homa Bay County have complained over the recent hiking of fuel prices saying it had adversely affected their businesses.

Homa Bay County Boda-boda Association Chairman Mr Ken Dede stated that following the increment of fuel prices to Sh127 per litre, riders were operating at minimal profits.

Dede urged the government to be very careful when hiking fuel prices as doing so negatively impacted on the cost of other commodities thus compromising the standard of living.

He at the same time requested the government to support the Boda-boda sub-sector as it played a crucial role in propelling the country’s economy.

The Chairman further lamented over the poor state of most roads in the region which had led to high transport costs.

In addition, he complained over insecurity environment under which the riders operated lamenting cases of murders, injuries and robberies among the operators had soared alarmingly.

He called for cooperation between operators and local security apparatus to win war on crime assuring: “We will work hand in hand with the local security arms to end social vices in the county.”

The chairman cautioned Boda boda operators against disregarding Covid -19 containment guidelines. “You must always wear face masks, maintain social distance and wash hand frequently besides wearing protective gear,” he insisted.

By Isaiah Onuko

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