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Thursday, June 20, 2024

MOTORCYCLE AND TRICYCLE UNION PRESIDENT JOHN KENYOR ATTACKED BY FELLOW CYCLISTS AMIDST POLICE COLLABORATION TENSIONS

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – John AF Kenyor, the President of the Motorcycle and Tricycle Union of Liberia, faced a violent assault by fellow cyclists. The incident occurred on Thursday, May 15, 2024, around 8:30 AM near his residence. Kenyor, on his way to town, was ambushed by a group of disgruntled cyclists, apparently frustrated with the ongoing police collaboration for traffic restrictions.

Kenyor recounted the harrowing experience in a media address, describing how the attackers targeted him and his vehicle. “I was attacked by a group of cyclists who were against the restrictions we agreed upon with the police. They surrounded my car, smashed the windows with rocks, and beat me with sticks and iron rods,” Kenyor said, pointing to the extensive damage on his vehicle, valued at $37,000.

Despite the attack, Kenyor managed to escape serious injury. He highlighted the escalating tensions within the union, with some members resenting the agreements made with the police to regulate traffic. “Many of them have decided to work with the government for the police to stop us. But the police are not working against anybody; we are working very lightly. We have made agreements based on recommendations from a group circuit within our own ranks,” he explained.

Kenyor emphasized the need for unity and adherence to the negotiated terms to ensure the safety of all members and the public. “We had several negotiations, including a football match with the police on May 14, to foster better relations. However, a faction within our union decided to act violently,” he noted.

The president called for calm and urged members to respect the agreements made to maintain order and protect everyone’s interests. The incident highlights the ongoing challenges faced by the Motorcycle and Tricycle Union in balancing internal disagreements and external pressures from law enforcement.

Kenyor concluded by expressing hope for a peaceful resolution and continued collaboration with the police to ensure the safety and well-being of all union members and the general public.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, the police initiated its restructured ‘No Go Zone’ restriction.  Under the new restrictions, motorcyclists traveling from ELWA to Broad Street must comply with the following rules:

  1. The ‘No Go Zone’ restriction for motorcyclists traveling from Red Light to Freeport on May 15, 2024, remains in effect.
  2. All bikes must be registered with the Ministry of Transport and insured.
  3. Motorcyclists are permitted to carry only one passenger, and both must wear helmets.
  4. Motorbikes must always be equipped with reflective jackets, protective shoes, and a pair of rearview mirrors.
  5. All bike operators must be at least eighteen (18) years old.

The Liberia National Police, through its leadership, has also granted a three-month grace period for motorcyclists to regularize their status.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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