Boda boda op­er­a­tors to note down cus­tomer name, ID at night

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Boda boda op­er­a­tors in Lari should have a pas­sen­ger reg­is­ter at night to re­duce cases of rob­bery, an of­fi­cial has said. Deputy county com­mis­sioner Aaron Koros said they should record their cus­tomers’ names, ID num­bers and mo­bile phone num­bers from 7pm un­til 12pm. He said three years ago, op­er­a­tors would be maimed, in­jured or killed ev­ery week and their mo­tor­cy­cles stolen. But the trend stopped when the govern­ment and the op­er­a­tors part­nered to en­hance se­cu­rity, Koros said. “It seems the rob­bers are com­ing back,” he said. Speak­ing to the press on the phone, Koros said se­cu­rity has been beefed up. He added that po­lice and ad­min­is­tra­tors are ed­u­cat­ing op­er­a­tors on per­sonal se­cu­rity. “We have started hav­ing meet­ings with them, teach­ing them how to han­dle cus­tomers at night and mak­ing sus­pi­cion re­ports,” Koros said. On Wed­nes­day last week, a pas­sen­ger hit op­er­a­tor Fran­cis Marete on the head with an iron bar and two other men stabbed him then fled. Marete was dis­cov­ered by AP of­fi­cers on pa­trol and was rushed to Nazareth Hospi­tal. Area MP Mburu Ka­hangara said boda bo­das have cre­ated jobs, but rob­bers are frus­trat­ing the busi­ness by rob­bing, in­jur­ing and killing op­er­a­tors.

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