The County government of Kakamega is finalizing a deal with Co-operative Bank of Kenya to provide insurance covers to Boda boda riders.
Kakamega Deputy Governor Professor Philip Kutima said once ready the county will roll out the program to cushion Boda boda riders from risks they face in their daily activities.
“At this time, we are working on an insurance cover through the Co-operative bank where we want to give insurance to the Boda boda riders. When it is ready, we shall come back and inform you but we are working on it right now,” he said.
Speaking in Kakamega town, Kutima said the sector employs majority of the youth and accounts for many accidents in the county as the victims incur huge losses.
In addition, Prof. Kutima said the county government will offer training and issue driving licenses to Boda boda riders. “We have so far trained and provided driving licenses to 600 Boda boda riders across the county,” he noted.
The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Roads, Energy and Public Works Kulati Wangia said that trained motorbike riders are few in the county. “We did a survey in Navakholo and found out that out of 12 riders only four were trained and licensed,” he noted.
By Cynthia Kerubo and Moses Wekesa