MPs to Visit Thailand For Lessons on Controlling Boda Boda Sector

A group of Kenyan lawmakers are set to visit Thailand to learn how the Asian country has managed to control the boda boda sector.

Members of the National Assembly’s Security and Administration Committee said the multi-billion sector has been aiding crimes in Kenya.

Committee chair Paul Koinange said the MPs had settled on Thailand because the leadership has employed effective measures to bring sanity to the industry.

“My committee is planning to travel and learn more and benchmark about boda boda because places like Thailand they have more motorbikes,” he said.

Thousands of young people depend on motorcycles to support their families.

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In late 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that the sector has employed directly and indirectly 10 per cent of the country’s population.

However, boda boda riders have come under scrutiny in recent years for abetting crime.

In addition, the motorcyclists have been accused of torching people’s cars whenever one of their own is involved in a road accident.

But even as the MPs plan to fly to Thailand, Kenyans have voiced their concerns.

They argue that the visit will be a waste of public resources if some stakeholders in the sector are not involved in the trip.

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