Kenya Kelvin Mubadi, Chairman, Bodaboda Safety Association, says their members should be classified as part of essential service providers because “a large number of Kenyans rely on them.”
“As a result, we wish to request the government to consider bodaboda riders as essential service providers and prioritise them during this vaccination period,” Mubadi says.
He says motorbikes are a mainstream means of transport for Kenyans, both in the urban and rural areas.
Mubadi has also condemned riders who have been sneaking people in and out of the zoned counties of Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru. Thanks to their maneuverability, bodabodas have been using panya (illegal shortcuts) routes to ferry passengers within and without restricted areas.
“We in the strongest terms possible condemn such acts of impunity which undermine our government’s effort to contain the spread of this killer virus,” Mubadi said.
“All riders across the country (should) adhere to the Government’s directive failure to which authorities should treat and deal with them mercilessly as per the law,” Mubadi warned.
In the COVID-19 containment protocols announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, cessation of movement was restricted within the five aforementioned counties, while curfew hours were locked-in between 4am and 8pm.