Wrangles and squabbles hit a Boda Boda operators group in Kitengela of Kajiado County, as they split down over the sharing of the Sh750,000 cash donation from Deputy President William Ruto earlier in the month.
Official representatives of the group met the Deputy president earlier in the month at his Karen residence in Nairobi, where he gave them cash donations amounting to Kshs 750,000 to boost their business.
A section of the more than 7,512 registered Boda Boda operators are said to have differed over the sharing of the DP’s donations, amid accusations of shortchanging by the association’s leaders.
They now claim the part of the money that was shared out to the few riders without consultations was meant to be starting an income-generating project.
“We were not among those who made the decision that the money be divided among individual riders because it was only prudent to have a common project that will help boost our income.
There was no meeting and consultation about sharing the money and only a committee comprising five members made a decision on behalf of us and divided the money among a few individuals,” said a rider who identified himself as Eric Onyango.
Of the original donations, Kshs 100,000 was to be given to the Isinya riders, while their Kitengela Counterparts were to have the rest as was directed by nominated Senator Mary Seneta who took the delegation to the DP’s official residence.
There have been recent divisions on leadership wrangles with two different groups claiming authenticity with accusations and counter-accusations of con leadership among the factions.
“It has become very difficult for us to progress because of leadership wrangles.
Opportunities and gifts are only benefitting a few individuals,” protested another rider, Bernard Logito.
“A free and fair election will save us from these con men. Having honest leaders will help us realise development and order,” added Mark Mutuku, an operator.