Boda Boda riders are a major factor in Kenya’s fatal road accidents

By Jackson Kairu

There is an alarming pattern of road accidents that have made Kenyan roads become the second most fatal in black Africa only behind South Africa. Already more than 2000 Kenyans have died in road accidents this year alone.

The tragic tale of road accidents on Kenyan roads has been unfolding daily and actually, fatalities far outstrip Covid-19. The return of road indiscipline is cause for alarm as agencies charged with road safety seem to be doing very little in stemming the vice. An army of young Boda Boda (motorbike) riders have mushroomed everywhere to cash in on the growing number of passengers. The question is, are they trained and properly licensed to operate? Bodas frequent ride on the wrong side of the roads putting pedestrians at grave risk as many have been knocked down on many occasions.

Concerned citizens want efforts put in place to stop horrific incidents from happening, perhaps efforts similar to what the ministry of health has put in place at stopping the spread of Covid-19

The government must put in place efforts to train the raiders on road safety, especially in hotspot areas such as Nairobi-Nakuru-Salgaa, Mombasa-Nairobi, Thika, Kiambu, Muranga, Nyahururu, Webuye, Kitui, Marsabit, Eldoret, Busia and Malaba.

Concerned citizens want efforts put in place to stop horrific incidents from happening, perhaps efforts similar to what the ministry of health has put in place at stopping the spread of Covid-19. Measures currently in place are not helping in stopping road accidents; instead, knee jerk reactions are often taken after people have lost loved ones. Citizens find it curious that no vigorous attempts are being made to stop preventable death from happening on our roads just like the stringent Covid -19 protocols. 

The late transport minister Hon. Michuki did it in the Matatu industry; we can do it with Boda Bodas. While most accidents have been blamed on human error, others especially in Nairobi and Mombasa are a result of blatant road indiscipline, over-speeding and overlapping. The over-speeding rowdy drivers go past police checkpoints as if the cops are deep asleep! Studies also confirm that Fridays to Sunday are the peak time for road accidents caused by rowdy riders and at times their drunken passengers.  

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