Mwingi police are profiling and registering all bodaboda operators in the town to professionalize the sector riddled with reckless driving and theft.
Speaking to KNA in Mwingi town on Tuesday, area bodaboda operators’ chairman Kimanzi Maluki said the registration was geared towards minimizing criminal offences among operators and ensuring accountability for any crime committed.
Maluki said the on-going voluntary profiling exercise would help the police weed out criminals masquerading as bodaboda operators but waylay and steal from their clients.
By the end of this month, there will be a regulation process to compile all the bodaboda operators and help them start or join Saccos to empower them economically, said the chairman.
The exercise, rolled out in November 2017 with a view to rid the area of rogue bodaboda operators, has borne fruit for genuine operators in the sector over the years as an alternative means of transport for the rural folk.
Similarly, the registration exercise will help diminish motorcycle thefts, rein in errant riders and curb rising motorbike accidents in the Sub-County.
He urged the operators to ensure that their motorcycles were insuared to cater for hospital compensation in case of accident injuries.
Joseph Kioko, a bodaboda operator, applauded the move that is geared towards ensuring that all the motorcycles are registered and given identification numbers.
If a motorist is involved in any kind of accident, at least there is information to link them and not just blame any other person, said Kioko.
Source: Kenya News Agency