Kenya's transport minister praises Rwanda's organised boda boda sector #rwanda #RwOT


The minister lamented that, while boda boda riders in the neighboring country have shown utmost discipline in compliance with safety rules, recklessness on the part of Kenyan counterparts is to blame for the rising carnage.

"If we are going to sort out the accident issue, we have to sort out the boda boda sector. We should ask ourselves how come to our neighbouring country has managed to organize the boda boda sector that everyone dutifully wears a helmet including passengers,' Murkomen said in an apparent reference to Rwanda which is widely regarded as a shining example for compliance of safety rules not only in the East African region but Africa and beyond.

Murkomen also blamed residents for contributing to the deterioration of the boda boda sector in Kenya, stating, 'When you tell our Nairobi slay queens to wear a helmet, they will tell you it is smelling or it's messing my hair.'

He posed, 'Which one is more important: your hair or your safety?'

Comparing past and present statistics, the CS said the boda boda sector is the leading cause of road accidents in Kenya.

'From 2000 to 2008, it used to be public service and private vehicles. But today, 38 per cent of the people we lose are pedestrians, 32 per cent are boda boda riders, and 26 per cent are lost through public and private vehicle accidents,' he added.

The CS spoke during the launch of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2024 รข€" 2028 in Nairobi on Wednesday, April 17.

To tame the menace, he called for strategic partnerships between the national and county governments to ensure that all the 47 devolved units in Kenya are empowered to manage the motorcycle sector in Kenya.

Meanwhile, while the boda boda sector continues to give leaders in neighboring countries a headache, Rwanda continues to stun the region with how it got everything right in managing the sector, popularly known as 'Taxi Moto' among the locals.

In Rwanda, stringent rules set by the Transport authorities require a rider to carry only one passenger at a time. Additionally, the rider and their customer must wear helmets at all times. The helmets must be stamped with a unique identifying number, which has to be printed on the driver's jacket and bike as well.

The sector is also governed by cooperatives which work hand in hand with traffic police to enforce compliance to the set laws.

Unlike in Nairobi, Kenya, Kampala, Uganda, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, it's not uncommon to find boda boda riders stopping at pedestrian crossings to allow pedestrians to pass in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

The boda boda operators in Rwanda are also required to use designated stages to pick up passengers, promoting discipline and order in the sector.

Rwanda's motorcycle taxi sector is governed by cooperatives which work hand in hand with traffic police to enforce compliance to the set laws.

Wycliffe Nyamasege

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