Boda boda operators should not be used to spread violence during and after the 2022 general election, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has said.
Instead, Kibicho urged the operators to be peace ambassadors ahead of the polls.
The PS on Monday said the Interior department is committed to supporting the boda boda sector through their training and welfare.
He spoke during the signing of a peace charter between Boda Boda Association representatives and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
“We have disclosed the efforts by the Executive to create some order in the boda boda sector in as far as training is concerned,” Kibicho said.
A programme dubbed rapid result initiative will be inducted to train the operators.
From February 1, they will receive a 90-day training through the National Youth Service and the National Transport Safety Authority.
The training seeks to reach almost 1.2 million registered boda boda operators.
Boda Boda Association of Kenya chairman Kelvin Mubandi said it’s high time the youth are used for more important roles during elections.
Mubandi faulted politicians who are fond of giving handouts to boda boda operators to perpetrate violence.
“As you plan for violence violence, know we are seeing you and we will come for you,” he said.
Mubandi said Uhuru’s legacy has been built on the need to maintain peace in the country.
“Politicians will pay you Sh50 to go and cause violence but you might end up spending almost Sh200,000 for your treatment,” he said.
The signing was witnessed by more than 50 representatives across the country, including regional heads.
NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia said the operators meet many people because they handle different clients daily.
Kobia urged them to use that opportunity to remind each other to maintain peace across the country.
This is the second national symposium the NCIC has planned to prepare for elections
“Key stakeholders will sign the political decency and peace charter. We have religious leaders, youth, the council of elders and others,” Kobia said.
NCIC seeks to raise awareness towards its Elections Bila Noma campaign.
All the 47 counties were represented by their boda boda county chairmen.