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Boda boda operators block roads to protest killings

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Boda boda operators in Kamulu Machakos County today blocked Kamulu road for more than one hour in protest of the killing of their colleagues by criminals.

The operators claim that criminals posing as customers have been killing them and stealing their motorbikes.

According to the operators, they have lost at least five riders to these criminals in the past two months.

“We held these demonstrations to at least have our grievances addressed. We have never experienced so many killings like the ones that are currently happening in Kamulu,” said one operator.

They also claim that some killings are being perpetrated by the police.

“We are tired of giving Ksh. 300 bribes everyday and the same same police are killing us. The last killing was of a colleague was done using a gun,” he stated.

They claim that attempts to have the issue addressed have ended up with them being arrested and their motorbikes confiscated.

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