Hundreds of Boda Boda riders in West Pokot county on Wednesday staged a peaceful demonstration over alleged unpaid dues for escorting Deputy President William Ruto during his visit to the county.
Ruto visited the county last week on Friday 21, 2022 for his bottom-up campaigns.
The riders who expressed their disappointment have faulted the United Democratic Alliance [UDA] party leaders and aspirants for shortchanging them.
They demonstrated in Chepareria town carrying twigs and placards and threatened to move to court to seek legal redress over the matter. They are now calling on the DP to intervene in the matter or risk losing votes from the County.
Led by the West Pokot Bodaboda riders Chairperson Moses Loitasiwa, the riders claim that they are aware that DP Ruto gave out the money but they have not been paid.
Loitasiwa alleged a total of Ksh4million was given out to the four constituencies, one million to each constituency but those in Pokot South did not receive the cash.
“We welcomed the DP in every meeting he did in the four constituencies. We bodaboda riders from Chepareria don’t want to be misused by politicians. We want the DP to tell those aspirants to give us our money,” Loitasiwa stated.
Chepareria Bodaboda Deputy Chairperson Dennis Ripis explained that they had a lot of expectations that DP Ruto failed to meet.
However, UDA youth leader in the county Rajab Chombus rubbished the claims saying the group is being used by Pokot South MP David Pkosing who is in Azimio la Umoja political outfit.
“No one gave them the job to escort the DP as he flew and didn’t use the vehicle which could be escorted. No one ate their money. They are playing politics,” he claimed.