Boda boda operators in Narok have pleaded for leniency after the state ordered for a national crackdown following an incident where a woman was stripped off clothes by rogue operators.
The boda boda operators held a meeting to protest the directive, lamenting the high insurance and driving license fees that most of them could not afford.
“Most of us have acquired our motorbikes on loans which we are still paying. We plead with President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider revoking the directive as most of us are very disciplined,” said Gideon Lemayian, the Narok boda boda chairman.
Lemayian pleaded with authorities to give them time to collect all the required documents in order to comply with the traffic rules.
“We plead with the president to halt the crackdown operation as the sector employs majority of the youth who depend on boda boda to earn a living,” he said.
The chairman called on his members to be law abiding and avoid being on the wrong side of the law.
He also condemned the incident that happened to the lady in Nairobi and requested forgiveness on behalf of the association.
“What happened is very unfortunate. We would not want to be involved in such ugly incidents and we ask for forgiveness from all the women in the country who are our major customers,” he said.
The association’s coordinator Nick Pareiyo, asked the government to train boda boda operators and issue free licenses through the National Youth Service (NYS) programmes as this will offer basic training to all operators on road safety and other programs.
“We laud the President’s initiative to carry out a crackdown in our sector. But we call for training sessions and sensitization forums that will boost our knowledge on traffic regulations,” he said.