Busia boda boda operators criticize the killings of their colleagues
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Busia boda boda business operators who have criticized the killings of two of their own. They demanded full investigation from the incident. [PHOTO | Frankline Bwire]
Boda Boda operators from Busia and Teso districts in Busia County have criticized the recent killings of their two colleagues who were dumped at Mundika area on Sunday.
They expressed concern that despite the perpetrators taking away the victims’ motorbikes, they went ahead to take their lives, an act they said was inhuman.
Speaking to West FM moments after identifying the bodies of the deceased at the Busia District morgue, the boda boda riders said they had reported the matter to the Busia divisional headquarters, requesting for speedy investigations to be undertaken.
“We had long discussions as boda boda operators with the OCS in charge of the Busia police station, asking them to help us ascertain those who were involved in the killing of the two individuals,” said Maskini Okodoi.
They urged the government to intervene over the issue in a bid to ensure their security is guaranteed as they undertake their work to earn a living.
“Job opportunities are scarce and as we undertake our businesses we should be protected from gangs undertaking criminal activities. Why should we continue losing our colleagues as they struggle to improve their lives?” asked their County chairman Erick Makokha.
He called on the local residents to provide any vital information to the security agencies that could lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in the shocking incident.
“We will convene a joint meeting of boda boda’s from Teso and Busia to discuss on the way forward in a bid to curb the escalating attacks on the boda boda riders,” said Makokha, adding that it is time they should also maintain the closing hours of work which is 11pm.
The bodies of the deceased were found outside a homestead in Khung’ungu village, Bukhayo West location following a report by a child who spotted them on his way to the compound.