Two suspected thieves burnt to death by Boda boda operators

Two suspected thieves burnt to death by Boda boda operators

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Boda boda operators in Voi town. PHOTO: NIXON KISAKA.

Taita Taveta, KENYA: Normal activities in Voi town  were on Thursday morning disrupted for some hours, after two suspected motorbike thieves were set on fire as one narrowly escaped with serious head injuries after he was rescued by police.

The rescued suspect however succumbed to death as he was being referred to Mombasa from Moi referral hospital in Voi.

The three men were caught in Kaloleni and Sofia streets respectively by bodaboda operators who engaged in operation to establish those involved with the stealing habit, following the increase of motorbike theft cases in the town.

Confirming the incident, the county commissioner Josephine Onunga however urged residents not to take laws in their hands in future, but instead present the culprits to concerned officers for appropriate action.

According to the bodaboda operators, there has been an alarming rate of missing motorbikes in recent days, especially in Sofia area.

They claim that there has been a cartel responsible for robbery cases in the town, mainly targeting bodaboda operators who they beat, steal from them and even kill.

“We have been experiencing robbery cases among us in recent days. So far we have 14 reported deaths of our colleagues and about 25 cases of those lost their motorbikes as a result of robbery,” said Omar Dudu,  Voi town bodaboda operator chairman.

According to affected operators, the incidents mainly occur at night.

However according to area residents, the increased cases of robbery is as a result of increasing levels of drug addicts in the town.

This comes merely a week after government’s coast region security coordinator Nelson Marwa, warned those involved in drug peddling business in Voi and Taita Taveta county at large.

Marwa stated that those who will be caught trafficking drugs, will face the law.

He directed police officers in the county, to take charge and contain the drug abuse situation that is mainly affecting youths in the region.