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Nakuru boda boda operators to withhold taxes until their wishes are met

The chairman said that the only way to have their voice heard would be withholding their taxes to the county. “While we have been paying revenue to the county ever since, we have got nothing in return so we have decided not to pay any more dues until our issues are addressed,” he said.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 07 Nov 2016 09:18 EAT

Boda Boda (motorcycle taxi) operators from Kuresoi South sub-county in Nakuru have threatened to withhold payment of dues to the Nakuru county government until the county shall have built shades for them in Keringet town and provided street lights. The over 700 boda boda operators, led by their chairman Augustine Ruto, informed the sub-county administrator that they will not pay any taxes until shades and street lights are put up at Keringet town.

Mr Ruto said the boda boda operators have raised their grievances with the local MCA Leah Serem for over three years but seen no action. He said that while the businessmen provide an essential service, they don’t have shades at the town and have to operate under the hot sun throughout the day, and in the rains during the wet season.

The operators also want a dump site and public toilets constructed to serve the needs of travelers. “What we are asking for are essential services which are already available in other towns in Nakuru County,” he said. The chairman accused Ms Serem of lethargy in development of the region, alleging that each MCA in Nakuru County had been allocated Sh30 million for local development but there was nothing to show for the money in Keringet.

He also said insecurity is hindering their business operations, explaining that many businessmen have had their motorcycles stolen in the town due to the absence of street lights. “This town gets very dark at night, and our businesses have suffered a great deal,” he explained.

The chairman said that the only way to have their voice heard would be  withholding their taxes to the county. “While we have been paying revenue to the county ever since, we have got nothing in return so we have decided not to pay any more dues until our issues are addressed,” he said.

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