Jun 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Roadblock dodgers find bigger trouble in darkened forests

However, the illegal routes travelers try to bypass roadblocks have become dangerous. Rapes have been reported in Nakuru County.

The nation has found authorities in Nakuru and Kericho Counties are investigating the rapes reported by travelers.

Rogue bodaboda operators are taking advantage of desperate travelers to commit the crimes in the woods they lead their clients through.

One of the rape victims reported The incident at the Londiani Police Station in Kericho County over the weekend led to the arrest of a suspect.

In an exclusive interview, Londiani County Police Commander Rashid Ali announced that a passenger had reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a Bodaboda driver.

‘Suspect arrested’

< "The suspect was arrested and charged in a Molo court on Tuesday," said Ali.

Nation found that the 32-year-old passenger was traveling from Nairobi to Western Regio when she was attacked. She paid Sh300 to avoid the roadblock in Londiani.

Police said the incident happened last week on Wednesday. The victim was examined and treated at a private hospital in Kericho before reporting the attack to the police.

Police in Nakuru and Kericho counties are currently investigating the possibility of other such cases in the areas.

In three days, three women are said to have reported sexual assault by Bodaboda operators at the Londiani police station. The attacks came while they were trying to avoid roadblocks.

Yesterday, Molo District Police Commander Samuel Mukusi promised to investigate the matter.

“So far, no rape case has been reported to every police station in Molo, but we are investigating the matter, ”he said.

On Monday, Tayari chief Hassan Waweru said travelers had reported at least three rapes in the area.

“It’s sad to see some Bodaboda drivers taking advantage of travelers. I urge Kenyans to adhere to travel restrictions as this is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading and it is not a punishment, “said Waweru.

At least 20 bodaboda by Wednesday -Driver was arrested for helping travelers disregard Covid-19 restrictions.

There are fears that many rape cases of victims, fear of arrest for violating the Covid- 19 restrictions could not be reported.

“The number of rape cases may be high, but few report because the majority fear they will be arrested for following the (illegal) Panya routes used to evade roadblocks pursuing perpetrators, “said a police officer who manned the roadblock in Londiani.

This happened when the Rift Valley Regional Coordinator, George Natembeya, announced that the security officers were in Nakuru and Kajiado have tightened security at the roadblocks and plan to use drones to catch those moving in and out of areas under blockade.

He said police are considering rolling out the technology will enable us to arrest the Bodaboda drivers who are helping travelers escape. We must do everything we can to tame suicidal Kenyans from irresponsible movements that could cost them their lives, “added the administrator.

He said drones will be equipped with high-definition cameras that will monitor any movement Can monitor remotely five kilometers. The device, he said, will speed up operations at the roadblocks significantly.

Crooked Paths

Mr Natembeya said more roadblocks will be erected to cover other security and Covid-19 Enforce containment measures.

The administrator also warned the police against taking bribes so that people could disregard containment measures.

“There are good citizens who obey government guidelines, but there are others who Finding crooked ways to avoid the police and to get on or off the restricted areas Kenyans have to take personal responsibility because their lives are at risk, “added Natembeya.

A sample of various roadblocks in Nakuru Monday evening showed that commuters continue to use tricks to avoid them, including the use of bodabodas .

Nation also learned that some rogue drivers pay bribes between Sh2,000 and Sh8,000 to the police to drive through the roadblocks.

A Bodaboda driver, Paul ( not his real name) said he and his colleagues helped travelers evade the police at the borders for a fee between 500 and 1000 Shillings per person.

“We all need in these difficult times Money. “He joked.

At the roadblock in Londiani, travelers without proper documents were not allowed to enter and exit Nakuru County on Monday.

More than 50 public vehicles using the highway from Kericho, Western and Nakuru were sent back after failing to provide the required travel documents.

“Kenyans have come up with a tactic to dodge the R oadblocks. Some travelers fake funeral permits, most travel in the western part of the country. Traffic cops have arrested them and they are being charged in court, “said Natembeya on Monday.

In his address on the Covid-19 pandemic almost two weeks ago, President Kenyatta Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru, who were hit hardest by Covid-19, ordered the cessation of movement in and out of the counties.

Devastating third wave

The government later clarified , that the public can move freely within the zone, but are prohibited from traveling in and out of the zone.

To tighten Covid-19 measures to contain a devastating third wave , Mr. Kenyatta also suspended all physical gatherings, including worship within the zone area.