Boda boda operators in Mathare slums are decrying extortion and harassment from Administration Police in the area.
The boda boda operators claim that senior administration police officers take up to 5,000 shillings per day from them failure to which they are arrested and fake charges planted on them.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio News the boda boda operators claim that the extortion started after their cash cows, the chang’aa dens were shut down during an operation a few weeks ago.
“A senior AP always sends his colleague who comes and collect the money on his behalf. We cannot refute because if we do, we will be arrested and taken to the police station where we will be required to post a bail of at least 10,000 shillings in order to get out,” lamented one of the operators.
Kiprono Lang’at Assistant Supretendent of Police in Mathare however denied the claims saying his office has only been involved in an operation to secure the lives of the boda boda operators adding that those involved in the act might be impersonators.
“Mathare is big, and everyday, there could be people who are using the name of the police to harass innocent people, but i am appealing to anyone who has ever experienced harassment to report to my office because so far i have not received any reports,” stated Lang’at.