CS Matiangi GaZettes Task Force to Lead Bodaboda Industry Reforms

  • Interior CS Fred Matiangi and his Transport counterpart James Macharia have announced a 13-team-member team to tackle the bodaboda menace in the country.

    In a gazette notice, the cabinet secretaries stated that the team shall be referred to as the Task Force on Policy, Legal and Administrative Reforms Regarding Public Service Motorcycle Transport in Kenya.

    The Task Force shall be chaired by Julius M Mathenge  and David Ntirania Oleshege shall be the vice chairperson. The council of governors shall have a representative's slot.

    The team shall be required to examine the existing policy, institutional, legislative, and administrative systems governing public service motorcycle subsector.

    The cabinet secretaries want the team to compile comprehensive data regarding the safety, reliability, cost and other matters of interest to bodaboda services' consumers.

    "The Taskforce shall remain in force for a period of sixty (60) days from the date of appointment or for such longer period as the appointing authorities may prescribe by notice in the Gazette," the notice reads in part.

    The team's gazettement comes at a time security organs have decried the involvement of bodaboda riders in facilitating crime across the country.

    They will also be tasked with recommending longterm and interventional reforms that shall streamline the manner the industry is run.

    Recently the two cabinet members directed NTSA to get involved in the ongoing Matatu crackdown. Matiang’i called on NTSA to start the vetting and de-registering of driving schools.

    He held that the authority is expected to roll out a new driver training curriculum for all PSV and Commercial Vehicle license holders.