The Chairman of the Busia County Boda boda Owners Association, Isaac Obwolo has urged all boda boda riders to adhere to the Ministry of Health directives with a view to containing coronavirus.
Speaking to KNA during an interview in Busia, Obwolo noted that a number of the riders were still disregarding the directives oblivious of the risks involved.
“Putting on the face mask is for your own safety and not the government,” he said, adding that the riders should carry only one passenger at a time.
He added that the pandemic has affected the sector negatively because most business premises and government offices have closed shop.
“As owners, we normally expect about Sh. 300 daily from the riders but this is not forthcoming due to interference of movement of people and goods,” he noted.
The Chairman urged the Ministry of Health to liaise with the County Government and support the riders with face masks and hand sanitisers to help them contain the spread of the virus.
He commended the County Security Team for the security along the border, adding that youth should continue to respect the rule of law.
“I want to appreciate the Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Fred Matiang’i, for security we are enjoying at the border,” he said, adding that security situation should be maintained at all times even after the pandemic.
Obwolo at the same time, lamented that the County Government has not done much to support the riders, arguing that the sector has been greatly neglected.
By Salome Alwanda