The government has given boda boda operators until May 31, 2022 to ensure that they are fully registered with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) and issued driving licenses. Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said this is aimed at streamlining an often chaotic sector in which drivers face many problems such as keeping their vehicles roadworthy despite frequent trips out on repairs or unscheduled stops for emergencies along routes traveled by customers who rely heavily upon these mobile mechanic services.”
Speaking at a forum hosted by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in Nairobi, PS announced that they have partnered up with Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya to offer free road safety courses for riders as well as certify them. The three-year driver’s license fee has been reduced from Ksh 3 500 currently down 1 000/- so it can be affordable for operators across all walks of life who want proper documents on their cars or motorcycles!
After May 31, 2021, Kibicho stated, the government will begin a crackdown on those who will not have complied.
In Monday’s event, representatives of the 1.4 million boda boda riders operating in the country signed a commitment with the NCIC binding their members to ensure peaceful elections by resisting incitement to violence in political rallies and during the 2022 General Election.
“We have fashioned ourselves around politics in such a way that you must have some goons and musclemen surrounding you during campaigns. We want boda boda riders to be principled. If all of you commit that we are not going to have violence, it shall be so,” the PS noted.
NCIC Chairperson Samuel Kobia, on his part, urged boda boda operators to resist being used by politicians to perpetuate violence.
“We call on all boda boda riders and Kenyans in general to refuse to be used as goons for hire. Turn down senseless offers from politicians & their cohorts to be used as amplifiers of hate messages & executors of violence,” said Kobia.