Deputy President William Ruto Defends Boda Bodas Riders

  • Deputy President William Ruto riding a motorcycle Twitter
  • Deputy President William Ruto has sent a stern warning to security officials telling them to watch how they handle boda boda operators.

    He was speaking in Vihiga County on Monday when he defended motorcyclists, stating that they should be treated as normal business people.

    Nimeambia wale wanahusika wasitese watu wa boda boda, wasiumize watu wa boda boda (I have told agencies mandated to regulate operations to treat them with decorum),” he promised.

    Deputy President William Ruto commissioning Ekwanda-Luanda-Esirulo and Mwichio-Magada Roads in Vihiga County.

    The DP also argued against public opinion claiming that the operators are unfairly accused of robbery and violence.

    He declared “Nimesema yakwamba watu wa bodaboda sio wezi na sio wakora. Ni wafanyi biashara kama wengine (I have said that boda boda operators are not robbers and hooligans. They are business people like all others)."

    He told the operators to be respectful and comply with authorities for smooth co-existence with police officers.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Transport Ministry counterpart James Macharia had announced a task force would be formed to review the regulatory environment of the motorcyclists.

    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 number of road accidents caused by boda bodas has been on the rise with the public calling upon the government to bring sanity to the sector.

    In October, Migori Woman Representative Pamela Odhiambo was involved in a grisly road accident when her vehicle veered off the road after trying to avoid hitting a boda boda rider.

    Deputy President William Ruto unveiling street lights in Vihiga County.