Bod­aboda op­er­a­tors re­vamp lobby group to pro­tect busi­ness, safe­guard wel­fare

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Boda boda op­er­a­tors have re­vived their as­so­ci­a­tion and elected busi­ness­man Is­mail Khalif as pa­tron. The Kenya Bod­aboda As­so­ci­a­tion formed a year ago to safe­guard the wel­fare of its mem­bers and boost their earn­ings has been dor­mant, ac­cord­ing to most of its mem­bers. Khalif said the re­vamped as­so­ci­a­tion, com­pris­ing 25 sac­cos, will ad­dress is­sues af­fect­ing bod­aboda op­er­a­tors in the city. Speak­ing at the Lu­nar Park in Nairobi on Tues­day, he said the new lobby group will pro­tect the rid­ers from ha­rass­ment by county of­fi­cials. Khalif was with chair­men of sac­cos af­fil­i­ated to the as­so­ci­a­tion. “In the past, my mem­bers have been oper­at­ing with no­body to de­fend them against abuses from au­thor­i­ties like askaris of the Nairobi county gov­ern­ment. But from to­day we are here to de­fend them and en­sure that they make a de­cent in­come from their busi­ness and their pro­fes­sion is re­spected,” Khalif said.

/COLLINS KWEYU

The Kenya Bod­aboda As­so­ci­a­tion pa­tron for Nairobi Is­mail Khalif in a show of sol­i­dar­ity with 25 chair­men of the lobby’s sac­cos at Lu­nar Park

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