The National Police Service (NPS) has revealed areas within Eldoret town where you are likely to fall prey to criminals masquerading as bodaboda operators.
According to the Uasin Gishu County Police Commander Ayub Ali, they have registered multiple criminal incidences in which bodaboda operators are involved.
Ali, in an interview with Uasin Gishu News said, so far, 23 criminal cases in which the riders are linked to have been reported, 4 of which were robbery with violence.
“Some bodabodas are used to transport items that have been stolen Some even go to an extent of carrying up to 6 stolen goats on their bodabodas,” said the County Police Commander.
The police boss, however, said not all bodaboda operators were involved, but only a few elements.
“Bodaboda operators are doing a good job but we have criminals that are amongst them, causing insecurity threat in Eldoret and nearby areas,” Ali said.
Some of the areas with high cases of insecurity involving bodaboda riders include Kapseret, Kisumu Ndogo, Langas, Eldoret Town CBD, Huruma, and Kamukunji.
In some cases, some criminals pose as bodaboda riders, targeting revelers, as they wait for them outside entertainment joints, and once they board, they are later robbed.
The police are now working on ensuring all bodaboda operators operate from their designated stages, and not wait for customers outside clubs.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu has also been working on ensuring the bodaboda industry is streamlined by introducing a unique number for all the bodabodas.
This is in what the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Roads and Transport Eng. Gideon Birir said will help improve safety for both the rider and passenger.