Editor's Review

"We will ensure all Boda Boda are members of a SACCO," President Ruto. 

The Government is committed to reforming Boda Boda business and stopping the criminalisation of the sector.

Speaking on Monday, June 26 during the launch of the Boda Boda Empowerment Programme at KICC, President William Ruto said the Government is formalising the sector that creates 1.5 million jobs, generating Sh300 Billion a year.

Besides organising them in SACCOs, Ruto disclosed that the exercise would also include the administration of continuous training and maintenance of a database of operators.

This, he explained, will provide the Government with a platform to improve the well-being of operators.

"I want you to join SACCOs so that we can help organize all of you in the boda boda business. We will work with all stakeholders to ensure the training and licensing of Boda Boda riders does not exceed Sh2500," President Ruto stated. 

He noted that the programme's initial phase will train 200,000 riders selected from all the 47 counties.

Boda Boda riders during a meeting with President Ruto. 

The training will entail road safety, traffic regulations, accident management, entrepreneurship and financial management.

The President noted that the Government is reducing taxes on electric motorbike parts to reduce the cost of the final product and encourage its uptake.

"You will save up to 68 percent to power electric motorbikes and save upto 30 percent in servicing cost," he said.

The President called on County Governments to designate Boda Boda zones as well as spaces for them to pick up and drop off their pillion riders.

Present were Cabinet Secretaries Kipchumba Murkomen (Roads and Transport), Susan Nakhumicha (Health), Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, and Boda Boda riders from across the country led by their National Executive Chairman Kevin Mubadi. 

Ms. Nakhumicha asked the Boda Boda riders to add their dependents to NHIF cover for them to benefit from its services.

Mr. Sakaja said the use of electric motorbikes will reduce the cost of operating bodaboda and increase riders' earnings.

Mr Mubadi lauded the government for rolling out the affordable housing programme that will give bodaboda riders an opportunity to own homes.