Boda Boda Riders Vow to Fight Teenage Pregnancies
Boda boda riders in Migori County have made a commitment to fight teenage pregnancies and early marriages.
Making the announcement, the chairperson of Migori Boda Boda Association Edward Nandi asserted that together with his colleagues, they had decided to be on the forefront in ensuring all the girls in the region are protected from sex pests and remain in school.
In a forum held in Migori town on Saturday, which brought together the riders, police and education officials, the operators resolved to form a team that would monitor members who prey on girls.
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Nandi noted: "We have taken the decision to join hands with others and stop this menace for the sake of the region.
"We have resolved to form a committee that will deal with sex predators among members of our association. This will ensure our girls complete primary and secondary schooling. It would be better if as many girls as possible from our region ended up in colleges or universities," he added.
The operators, who for long have been blamed for luring teenagers into sex, also resolved that those found guilty of molesting girls would not be allowed to operate even after serving their prison sentences.
Migori County Education Director Luca Chebet lauded the initiative by the motorbike riders.
"For many years, boda-bodas have been a challenge as far as girls remaining in school is concerned," Chebet exclaimed.
Boda boda riders have been accused of luring school girls into sex using money, sweets, food, free rides and other “goodies”.
This has led to a high dropout rate of girls in Migori and many other counties.
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