Transport paralyzed in Nandi as boda boda riders protest poor state of roads

Nandi Transport CEC Eng. Hillary Koech addressing the press
Nandi Transport CEC Eng. Hillary Koech addressing the press

Transport services in Nandi were paralyzed for four hours on Thursday following protests by boda boda operators who blocked the Kapsabet-Eldoret highway at Namgoi junction. They decried the poor state of roads in the region despite paying Kshs. 300 per month for stickers. They added that they’ve been harassed by County officers, who charge them whenever they are arrested.

They said the state of the road is poor which means they eventually incur huge costs to repair their motorbikes. They said the Kapsabet law courts-Amai-Tilalwa-Baraton road is under the management of the Kenya Urban Roads Authority(KURA).

The Transport and Infrastructure Nandi CEC Eng. Hillary Koech while addressing the press in his office said the road’s management is under KURA but the County government has decided it will take over after consultations with the national government. He added they’ll seek funds from the government to renovate it as they wait for a contractor.

Koech admitted that the state of roads in Nandi isn’t good since there aren’t sufficient¬†road renovation equipment but as a County government they’re trying to make ends meet by purchasing more.