Kirinyaga County government has supplied some 500 boda boda operators with protective riding gear in an effort to improve on their safety.

The jacket and trouser suits for the riders that cost the government Sh1 million are made of reflective materials. The operators were also given helmets.

Presenting the youth with the gear at Kutus town yesterday, the county executive for Gender, Youth and Sports Reverend Magdalene Nduta said the county targets to provide the safety riding equipment to over 2000 operators in the region.

Saying phase two of the program was underway, Rev. Nduta said only riders affiliated to Saccos will benefit since they are easy to identify and monitor.

She added that the protective riding gear was made of quality reflective material which enables riders to carry out their business even when raining.

She said plans are underway to construct sheds in various towns and markets where registered members can carry out their business in a conducive environment.

Nduta said apart from assisting the operators with the riding gear, her department has also started short business courses for them. “These courses will enable them to run their businesses profitably while upholding honesty,” she said.

“The programme also entails sponsoring the riders in various driving schools after which they would be issued with driving licenses,” she said.

Already 200 of the riders have been trained and will be receiving their driving licenses in the next one week.