By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County bodaboda riders are living in fear after a wave of killings targeting new bodaboda operators.
In latest case a bodaboda rider from Ongata Rongai town was murdered on Wednesday night and his body dumped in Tuala ,Oloosiron/Sholinke Ward outskirts of the town. His motorbike is still missing the tracker was dismantled in Korogocho slum Nairobi County.
The incident occurred a week after another incident in Kajiado town that saw a rider killed and his motorbike stolen, the riders had blocked Kajiado Namanga road in protest.
The Rongai operator who was identified as Caleb Nyaoma is two weeks old in business, he was operating from Mayor Road stage.
The deceased had communicated with another rider identified as Kennedy Ongeri at around 9 PM before he disappeared , the rider was informed on Thursday about a body that had been found in Tuala
Ongeri said he was a guarantor in a loan that acquired motorcycle which had been purchased by brother of the deceased.
Oloosirkon Ward aspirant Justus Bosire said the area has become a crime hotspot and cases of human wildlife conflicts have increased, few weeks ago a man was killed and a car he was driving burnt.
Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya Kajiado branch chairperson Alex Gitari said cases of motorcycle theft have increased and demanded for security to be beefed up.
Gitari said many motorcycles stolen in the area are taken to Korogocho and Kariobangi Kasarani .The bodaboda rider who was killed in Kajiado town a week ago his motorbike was also tracked to Korogocho slum.
” We are demanding the companies that install the tracking system to also provide us with the trackers, those that control the trackers are very slow they report late when we report theft cases,” he said.
Gitari who is also chairperson Rongai division Bodaboda Association urged bodaboda riders to register with the association to reduce such incidents.
He also said the bodaboda riders will also ensure wild animals are eliminated in the area if Kenya Wildlife Service does not protect human life.