The strike action of association of public transport conductors and drivers between Mogadishu and Baidoa has entered its fifth day on Saturday.
The owners of public transport and drivers are demanding the removal of the increasing number of illegal checkpoints set by armed men dressed in military uniform.
The strike has heavily affected the movement of people between the capital city and Bay region.
The armed men demand large amount of money from the drivers, failure to pay the extortion their passengers are tortured, robbed of their valuable belongings and sometimes rape cases reported.
The federal government forces conduct regular operations to fight the illegal roadblocks but to the contrary the number keeps on increasing day after day.