Motor cycle taxi operators in Busia hail a section of the political leadership in the region for helping transform their lives.
Through the Chairman, Busia County boda boda umbrella Association, Mr. Washington Wabwire plus the cyclists savings and credit cooperative society chairman Mr. Eric Makokha, the operators said the efforts by Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and the Women Representative Mrs Florence Mutua was laudable as they were now more empowered.
Speaking at a Busia hotel during a meeting with Mrs Mutua, the motor cyclists said that through the governor’s initiative, they had formed a thriving savings and credit cooperative society that was now advancing development loans to its members.
Mr. Wabwire said the county government had also helped them acquire riding gear and other equipment hence increased road safety and reduction of harassment by the traffic police.
“We are happy that the governor purchased helmets that were distributed to our members across the county. It is a gesture worth emulating by other leaders” said Mr. Wabwire.
He said that through sponsorship of the women representative, 100 boda boda riders from across the county were sponsored for riding lessons and were now licensed by the government.
“Those who were sponsored by Mama ni mmoja, as Mrs Mutua is known in political circles in Busia, are now qualified and are no longer harassed by the police as was the case before” said the chairman.
The officials said that they were indebted to Mrs Mutua and governor Ojaamong both of whom they assured their support.
Mrs Mutua said the boda boda played a crucial role in the country’s economy and urged the operators to ensure they obey the law as they go about their business.