The Star (Nairobi)

23 June 2012

Kenya: Boda Bodas Protest Murder of Colleagues

MORE than 200 boda boda operators in Teso and Busia districts yesterday led a peaceful demonstration in honour of their two murdered colleagues.

The bodies of Peter Akileng, 22, and Deo Apoloi, 25, were last Sunday found dumped in a maize farm near Mundika trading centre in Busia. Yesterday, the operators led by Victims and Survivors' Network national secretary Okodoi Maskini led a procession from Busia town to Adungosi market for an interdenominational funeral service.

Speaking during the service, Okodoi called for speedy investigations into the death of the two boda bodas. Okodoi said the two, who are cousin brothers, were operating between Adungosi market in Teso South and Busia town. Maskini called for an end to police night search in peoples' homes lest they could be suspected to be accomplices of thugs.

Okodoi gave an example of an incident last week when Adungosi police raided a home in the area but no sooner had they left than the thugs raided the same place.

He said they held a meeting with Busia security team led by OCPD Kenneth Kimani where the police boss promised to launch thorough investigations over the murder of the two boda bodas. Maskini said post mortem reports indicate that the two mototorcycle operators were hit on the head with blunt objects to confirm that they were murdered.

He appealed for cordial relations between the police and the boda boda operators whom he said were security agents.

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