The Machakos Boda Boda Riders Association has urged Governor Alfred Mutua to rescinde a directive he issued yesterday banning boda boda, and tuk tuks.
Speaking to reporters in Machakos Town, chairman Andrew Mwanzia said the 14-day directive would cost them heavily. He was accompanied by boda boda riders operating in Mbaani Sub-County.
They pleaded with the county leadership to let them work, promising to adhere to the safett guidelines issued by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Boda boda is an important sub-sector in the county. It helps us all in so many ways, enabling quick response to emergencies,” Mwanzia said.
He said the boda boda business was a source of employment for many young men, helping to reduce crime.
Mbaani area boda boda association boss Patrick Nzioka said the business was a source of livelihood for many and urged the county boss to rethink his decision,
Governor Mutua banned boda boda, Maruti and tuk tuk operations for the next 14 days in the county as a means to help fight coronavirus.
Governor Mutua explained that the decision was made after consultations with county and national government health officials to implement the social distancing requirement in the fight against the epidemic.