Kenyan MPs headed for bodaboda benchmarking in Thailand

Bodaboda riders
Bodaboda riders in Thailand. [Photo:]

National Assembly’s Security and Administration Committee is planning on benchmarking in Thailand to address runaway insecurity among bodaboda riders in Kenya.

The MPs through the committee’s chairperson Paul Koinange (Kiambaa) said that Thailand has best practices for the sector.

Koinange said the level of sanity among Thailand motorcycle riders is to be admired compared to Kenya where the situation is spiraling out of control especially now that more bodaboda’s are being registered.

“My committee is planning to travel to Thailand to also learn more, benchmark about boda boda because places like Thailand they have more motorbikes,” Koinange said.

Thailand has more motorcycles than cars operating as taxis. This is why the Kenyan Parliament settled on it to learn in the best practices with the hope of duplicating the same in Kenya.

In the last couple of years, the boda boda sector has grown threefold with 1.6 million licenses being issued in 2019.

However, chaos and criminal activities have dented this sector with a dozen criminal heists being executed by these robbers on bodaboda.

The government has warned that the bodaboda sector is headed in the wrong direction with reports of gangs and other outlawed groups operating in this sector.

There are now calls for implement a policy governing this sector that has created employment by a big way and eased transport both in the urban and rural areas.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2020 hailed the sector saying it has helped grow the Kenyan economy as it grows to become a multi-billion transport sector.

There are about 5.2 million Kenyans who depend on the bodaboda sector.

A while back though, the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai put on notice rogue bodaboda operators for roughing up other motorists whenever an accident involving one of them happens.

There are numerous cases of bodaboda operators setting cars on fire and beating drivers to death in the event an accident touching one of their own happens.

Mutyambai said this is a criminal trend that must be stopped before more motorists fall victim to the rogue operators.