In Summary
  • Mr Kevin Mubadi said cases of attacks on riders and theft of motorcycles by criminals are rampant in Western Kenya.
  • After stealing, the criminals dismantle the motorcycles and sell them as spare parts.
  • Three weeks ago, a boda boda rider was hit with a blunt object by unknown people at the Kisii-Nyamira junction.

Boda boda riders are a worried lot following increasing cases of attacks targeting them in various parts in the country.

Speaking during a one-day boda boda leaders’ conference in Nairobi on Saturday, Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya national chairman Kevin Mubadi said cases of attacks on riders and theft of motorcycles by criminals are rampant in Western Kenya.

According to Mr Mubadi, over 50 boda boda riders have been either killed or injured and their motorcycles stolen by thugs since January in Nyanza and Western regions alone.

MOST DANGEROUS

“Webuye and Kimilili are the most dangerous areas for boda boda riders countrywide. Our members have lost more than 20 motorcycles in the two areas in the last four months,” he said.

After stealing, the criminals dismantle the motorcycles and sell them as spare parts.

“In Nyanza, the engines of motorcycles stolen are modified and converted into boat engines,” said Mr Mubadi.

The latest case happened two weeks ago where a rider and his two passengers were attacked at Likia trading centre in Njoro, Nakuru County and their motorcycle set on fire by a gang of criminals. The three people escaped unhurt.

Three weeks ago, a boda boda rider was hit with a blunt object by unknown people near Jogoo Primary School at the Kisii-Nyamira junction and his motorbike stolen.

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