Bodaboda operators, minibuses in conflict over commuters in Kitengela
Bodaboda operators in Kitengela are up in arms over what they termed as unfair competition from minibuses operating in the area.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, the operators said an influx of the minibuses has left them with no customers.
The push-and-pull between the groups has seen constant disagreements between operators plying the Old Namanga route.
Commuters, on the other hand, are totally opposed to the move by bodaboda operators saying they are expensive.
“Their rates are above the roof yet they do not want any form of competition," a resident said.
Contacted, the bus companies noted that the move was informed by requests from commuters for them to extend the route into their locality.
"In a quest to make commuters comfortable amid the ongoing rains, we started dropping them closer to their homes," a matatu operator said.
Locals have backed the move saying it has come in handy given that the minibuses pick them from their estates.
Earlier this year, residents of Kitengela expressed concern following disagreements between matatus, tuktuk and bodaboda riders plying the Acacia route.
“To start with bodabodas overcharge us, while tuktuks pack us like sardines, not forgetting that they are very rude,” a resident said.
“Matatus have come to our rescue with comfort and fair pricing. If Tuktuks and bodabodas cannot compete on price, let them get out of the game and leave it to those who are willing to offer services at competitive rates.”
Residents called on the county government of Kajiado to intervene, and help them.
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