The bodaboda riders in Kenya don’t seem to have a very good reputation. Most are known to do as they please on the roads, and whether they hit or are hit by a car, the car owner will suffer the consequences. They will team up and surround the car owner in hundreds and at times extort money from the car owner.
The event that happened on Wangari Maathai Road where the bodaboda riders harassed a lady has sparked debate on what should be done to curb this menace. President Kenyatta has ordered a crackdown on all boda boda operators in Nairobi and across the country. Is what we are trying to do too little too late?Will regulation and registration sort out this menace?
I am of the opinion that regulation and registration are good but it is not the solution. It is not the solution because it is the symptom and not the root cause of the problem. The problem in this country is very few people if any follow the law and use common sense on the roads. I don’t think regulation is the solution, it’s the Kenyan attitude that is the problem. Even matatus have SACCOs and still behave badly, they no longer follow michuki rules. We are simply lawless human beings who will bribe their way out of regulations.
I am sure you have encountered a driver who willingly refuses to give way and blocks everyone else creating unnecessary and avoidable jams. You have seen our leaders and high-ranking government officials flouting traffic rules with the attitude “mtado”.
Why does it shock us and the leadership that the bodaboda riders behave the way they do? Are they not the same leaders who use them in their campaigns to harass competitors and further their political goals? People are a reflection of their leaders. They are doing what they see you do.
All the government needs to do in my opinion is to enforce the law to all regardless of class and status. The drivers need to simply follow the traffic rules and do the right thing. This is the solution to this menace in my view. All that is needed is attitude change by all of us.
What is your take? What should be done and why? Leave a comment
Dr. Mary Mugo
Strategy, Governance and Management Consultant