The Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK) has unveiled a centralized database to capture member details and help curb crime by rogue operators in the country. In an effort that is expected to bring some sanity in the sector that has been marred by several incidences of crime, the association has turned to technology to capture relevant details of all its members across the country for easy management.
Speaking at the launch, Kevin Mubadi who is the national chair of the association said the system was going to make it more efficient and easier for the law enforcement agencies to root out criminals who often present themselves are operators and at the same time protect legitimate bodabodas trying to make ends meet through the sector.
The interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i who attended the launch at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development was quick to congratulate the initiate to self-regulate while the government implements policies aimed at reforming the sector.
Matiang’i further said there was willingness from the government to reform the sector and indicted that the initiative was more of self-driven than government involvement. He also noted the association was moving forward and achieving regulation faster and voluntarily.
Back in November of 2018, the government has set up a task force on policy – Legal and Administrative Reforms Regarding Public Service Motorbike Transport that was mandated to review the existing policy, to come up with a comprehensive data regarding the safety, reliability, cost and other matters of interest to public service motorbike users.
The Information Communication Technology Chair Joe Mucheru assured the security of data collected through the system, and pledged support for such initiatives, and urged the operators to explore the possibility of transforming the Association into a formidable courier service movement in collaboration with other entities like Posta Kenya.