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Lender donates laptops for registration of boda boda operators – Kenya News Agency

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Boda boda chairmen from 31 counties are set to receive laptops to help in the registration of members and digitisation of records.

The Sh3 million drive by Watu Credit targets to ensure a proper record of all boda boda operators in the selected counties and, at the same time, assist in the management of Savings and Credit Cooperatives records.

Watu Credit Sales and Marketing Manager Victor Kiptenya said the move was informed by the need to help the sector grow and weed out criminals who are giving it a bad name.

“Boda boda is a very key sector in this country. As Watu Credit, we have financed over 500,000 boda boda’s, and that is why we are keen to support the sector’s growth,” he said.

The donation, which also comes with furniture for bodaboda offices, will gradually be scaled up to cover all 47 counties.

Speaking in Kisumu during a handover ceremony for boda boda chairmen from Bomet, Kericho, Migori, Kisii, Homa Bay, Siaya, Kisumu, Busia, Vihiga, Busia, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, and Trans Nzoia counties, Kiptenya said the gadgets will help the sector leadership keep an up-to-date record of all their members for security reasons and economic empowerment.

“With these laptops, they are able to register all the bodaboda operators in their areas of jurisdiction so that, at the click of a button, the information can be accessed. They will also be able to easily update their SACCO registers, among others,” he said.

The lender has, so far, a database of 17,000 chairmen overseeing 26,000 stages who are targeted for the exercise.

Bodaboda Safety Association of Kenya Deputy President John Tirop lauded the initiative, saying it was set to streamline operations in the sector.

Tirop said criminals were hiding in the sector, adding that the development of a proper database for all bodaboda operators nationally, will help in taming the runaway crime involving the two-wheelers.

“With proper registration and a database, it will be very easy to identify and provide information at the click of a button whenever there are concerns,” he said.

This will also help track rogue members who run away with lenders and Sacco money.

“This is going to restore sanity in this sector. I am therefore appealing to all members who have taken loans from our sacco’s or boda’s on credit to pay their debts,” said Tirop.

By Chris Mahandara

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