The national government has created a bodaboda liaison office under the Kisii Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Wilberforce Kilonzo where riders will register their complaints for immediate action.
Speaking at Masongo location in Kisii Central Ward of Kisii County, Mr Kilonzo said that all chiefs and their assistants will be required to hold monthly meetings with bodaboda stakeholders to assess their operations.
This is in response to leadership wrangles among Kisii town bodaboda leadership which was resolved after an election chaired by the office of the County Commissioner.
“The government officer, Mr Gabriel Onyaru, is a local youth like you and will be answerable to me. Assistant county commissioner in each division and I, will be meeting bodaboda leaders after every three months or any other time as needs dictate,” Kilonzo said.
The DCC also advised riders to avoid trouble from the law enforcement by avoiding processions or demonstrations that lack police permission.
“If someone asks or hires you to participate in processions of any kind always ask them to show you police permit from the nearest police station authorising the procession,” he added.
Kisii Central Sub-county Police Commander, Peter Kimani, said that his team is ready to provide security for the riders as they go on with their activities even at night and pledged support for the newly elected bodaboda riders.
“As security officers we have had issues with bodaboda people and the problem was lack of officials to whom we could discuss with,” said Kimani.
The local security team cautioned riders against transporting illegal brew across Masongo location and other areas.
By Carolyne Omwamba and Erastus Michieka