Ahadi Kenya Trust will engage more than 3, 500 boda boda riders in Murang’a County to ferry the sick, aged, persons with disabilities and expectant mothers, into various polling stations, to cast their votes.
The NGOs Director, Dr. Stanley Kamau, while flagging-off more than 500 riders at Nyangiti grounds in Mathioya Sub-County, said the boda boda operators will be facilitated to ferry the persons with different movement challenges, to vote for their favourite candidates.
Kamau said his Organization has mobilized enough boda boda riders in each of the 35 wards, to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities to reach areas where they will be voting early, Tuesday.
“Election is an important national exercise and some of the residents faced with diverse challenges need to be supported to cast their votes,” he remarked.
The Director underscored the important role played by boda boda operators in the country’s transport sector, hence the idea of bringing them on board to transport the concerned voters to the polling centres and back.
“It’s a constitutional responsibility for every Kenyan to vote and also those without any challenge can assist those in difficulties to come out and vote, with a view to putting in place leaders who will govern us in the next five years,” he stated.
Kamau further took the opportunity to urge all Kenyans to embrace peace as they que to vote for leaders of their choice saying peace is of paramount importance for the country.
“Politicians are just competing to get jobs and there is no need to cause chaos because of a one-day general election. We need to remain peaceful and embrace each other even if our candidate loses,” he added.
Speaking during the same occasion, Chairman of boda boda riders from Mathioya, William Mwangi, stated that ferrying the aged and persons with disabilities to the polling station was one way of encouraging people to come out in large numbers and vote.
“We appreciate the very kind gesture by Ahadi Kenya Trust to ensure high voter turnout,” said Mwangi, adding that riders have been assisting in taking the sick to hospitals, especially at night.
By Bernard Munyao