Transport was paralyzed along Mogogosiek - Litein road for hours on Wednesday afternoon as bodaboda riders blocked the road with barricades and lit bonfires protesting exploitation by traffic police who set up a roadblock in the area and demand hefty bribes every day.
The riders said that the police's thirst for bribes saw them face a lot of harassment in the name of enforcing COVID-19 rules. Today we're agitated after one of them was arrested for allegedly breaking the setup protocols.
The irate riders entered into running battles with the officers leading to transport mishap. Since the road borders, two counties many activities were affected.
"They added another roadblock here, they intercept anyone whether you follow rules or not, everyone must part with up to @200 every day Our friend was arrested after he told them he had no money on him as he had not been able to find any work," Koech a rider said.
"We cannot manage to pay the police, the county askaris taxes, and every other hungry hand after our hard-earned money, especially during this time of Coronavirus," he added.
Police officers from Bomet have been in the limelight for a long for misusing authority to demand bribes from riders and motorists. The riders today said that enough was enough.
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