Kenya: Boda Boda Rider Electrocuted in Bungoma

A boda boda rider was Wednesday electrocuted in Bungoma County after he stepped on a live wire in stagnant rain water which he was using to wash his motorcycle.

The incident happened at a spot boda boda operators are known to take their bikes for a wash in Siritanyi area in Kanduyi on the Malaba-Eldoret highway.

The cable had been lying on the ground after a Kenya Power pole was knocked down by a vehicle the previous evening, the Nation has learnt.

Residents and boda boda riders in the area protested along the busy highway over what they termed as negligence by the power company.

The protests disrupted traffic flow on the highway for about an hour before they dispersed by the police who lobbed tear gas canisters at the protesters.

Mr David Simiyu, a boda boda rider, said the cable was cut by a Malaba-bound trailer around 3pm on Tuesday, and even after Kenya Power employees were called to the scene they did not do anything about it.

Bungoma South police boss Wilson Nanga called for calm and promised to have the incident investigated.

Kenya Power Bungoma County business manager, Eric Langat, said the case has been forwarded to the Energy Petroleum Regulatory Authority for further probe.

The body of the deceased man was later taken to Bungoma County Referral Hospital mortuary.

The incident came just a day after Kenya Power said a total of 345 Kenyans have been electrocuted in the last three years.