Kenya: Bodaboda Riders Burn House in Embu in Protest Over Insecurity

13 August 2020

Angry bodaboda riders in Embu County torched a house as they protested over rising insecurity.

The riders were demonstrating Wednesday evening in Ngui village, Embu East shortly after the burial of their colleague who was hacked to death.

They moved from one homestead to another in search of the suspected criminals who have been unleashing terror on them and taking away their motorcycles.

In one of the homesteads, the protestors set ablaze a house belonging to one of the suspects before police intervened and dispersed them.

Earlier, the riders stormed a local police station demanding the arrest of the suspects but were repulsed by armed law enforcement officers.

Gangs pose as customers

The riders narrated how well-organised gangsters posing as customers have been violently robbing them of their motorcycles.

"Gangsters attack us and take away our property and our pleas to have them arrested has fallen on deaf ears," one of the protestors shouted.

They narrated how on August 6, gangsters fatally attacked their colleague and made off with his motorcycle.

The riders said the attackers are yet to be arrested and accused the police of sleeping on their job.

"Some of our colleagues have been killed and maimed and police are doing nothing to tame the attackers," another rider remarked.

Living in fear

The protesters said they are living in fear following the invasion of the area by the criminal gang.

Deputy Police Boss Monica Mwania told the riders to cooperate and volunteer information which will assist investigating officers to arrest the criminals instead of taking the law into their hands.

"We know a rider was killed and we are taking the matter seriously but we have to cooperate to unearth those involved," she added.

Runjenjes Central MCA Steve Simba and his Kyeni North counterpart Patrick Mukavi said the riders have suffered for long and called on the police to urgently address their grievances.

They concurred with the riders that insecurity is increasing and told police intensify patrols in the village and other parts of the region.

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