Kisii Boda boda operators vow to fight corruption in transport sector

Boda boda operators during a sensitization meeting in Kisii. PHOTO | Elizabeth Angira

Kisii  Boda boda  operators  have vowed  to work  hand in hand with President  Uhuru Kenyatta  to fight  against  the menace  of corruption  in the country.

Speaking  during  a training  of  Ethics  and  Anti-Corruption  Commission  on sensitization  on corruption  and unethical practices  in the transport  sector, they said they will  be on the  forefront to ensure  zero  tolerance to the vice.

Samwel  Atala Senior  Education  officer  EACC  appealed  to the  boda  boda  operators  to help  the  government fight corruption  which tends  to hinder  the nation’s economic  progress.

“We know that  boda  boda  operators are  agents  of change and the we are  educating  them  so that they can reach  others  at the grassroots level,” Atala  said.

Atala asked the boda boda operators to report any cases of corruption.  He said that stern action will be taken against police officers who will be found soliciting for bribes.

He was categorical that it is the responsibility of the public to report such acts. “Bodaboda operators should collaborate with us in the fight against corruption. This is the only way we can end this vice,” he observed.

At the same time, he appealed to the operators to work with law enforcement officers to tame rising criminal activities targeting operators.

Boda  Boda  Safety  Association of  Kenya,  National  Chairman Kevin  Mubadi  said that they want  to change  the image of the Bodaboda  operators  in the society.

“In order  to fight  corruption  public should  refuse  to give or receive  bribes  to get services,” Mubadi  said, noting that corruption  derails development  in the country.

He urged the operators to be careful with the passengers they ferry since some are criminals posing as commuters. He indicated that they have received several cases where bodaboda riders have been beaten up and robbed of their valuables.

He said through community policing, crime rates will go down and that every citizen has a role to play in ensuring security. Their  sentiments  were  echoed  by Kisii Boda boda   Chairman Fred  Nunda who urged  riders  to abide  by the  law  and  report  any problems.

The operators promised to report any corruption incident. The training also took place in Homabay,  Migori  and  Nyamira counties.