Boda boda operators protest over poor roads in Likuyani
A section of boda boda operators at Furfural trading Centre in Kongoni ward of Likuyani Sub-County paralysed transport activity when they engaged in demonstrations over the state of roads in the area.
Flashing protest placards and twigs, the demonstrators condemned area leaders and the Kakamega County Government accusing them of failing to rehabilitate several roads, rendered impassable by current downpours.
According to the riders, some of the impassable roads include sections between Furfural and Soy Sambu and between and Furfural and St. Teresa.
The protestors singled out area Member of County Assembly Mr. Robert Makhanu who was accused of failing to honour his development promises.
“Our MCA has on numerous occasions promised to rehabilitate some of the roads within this Ward but has so far fulfilled none of the pledges,” said one of the protesters who highlighted some of the challenges the group was experiencing as a result of deplorable state of the roads.
“Besides losing lives and property including motorbikes to muggers, many of us have been involved in fatal accidents, injuring passengers due to the poor state of our roads,” the protester added.
One of the protesters narrated to the media a past experience in which he allegedly was unable to help a woman who was in labour pains reach a nearby hospital facility.
“I helplessly watched as the woman struggled and delivered a baby by the roadside,” recalled the boda boda rider who sought anonymity.
According to the boda boda operators, some of their colleagues were unable to fend for their families after they were left with lifetime deformities attributed to road hazards.
The protesters, who were later in the day joined by area residents, dug wide trenches and planted banana stems across sections of the muddied roads.
Police officers from Matunda station intervened and managed to calm down the protesters.
However, the group told journalists it would step up the protests until the time when the County Government would address its grievances.
Efforts to reach MCA Makhanu for a comment were futile as several calls to his phone went unanswered.
By Maurice Aluda