It is relief for boda boda riders as the government has now decentralised the ongoing boda boda registration from Huduma centres to sub-counties registrars’ offices.
In Kiambu sub-county, boda boda riders are now registering at the County Registrar’s office, instead of going all the way to Thika town which hosts the only Huduma centre in the County.
Speaking to KNA from his office, County Registrar of Persons Mr. John Njuguna urged the boda boda riders to take advantage of the exercise that has now been brought to their door steps before the countywide exercise is concluded.
“Take advantage of this exercise since it has now been brought near to you, as you no longer have to accrue transport expenses to go to Huduma centre in Thika,” said Njuguna.
According to Njuguna the exercise that started only three days ago after a week of training of the registration clerks, has so far registered a total of 189 boda boda riders in Kiambu Sub County alone.
“On Monday which was our first day we registered a total of 70 riders and on Tuesday 119 riders so far we have a total of 189 registered boda boda riders within Kiambu Sub County,” said the county Registrar.
The registration exercise which will run for 60 working days is expected to end on June 24.
Upon completion of the biometric registration, verified riders whose details would be captured would be issued with smart driving licenses.
The driving licenses will contain the riders’ National Hospital Insurance Fund details for ease of treatment in the event that they are involved in traffic accidents.
“I am so happy that the Government has saved us from the expensive and time consuming trip to Thika Huduma centre,” said Ken Ngaruiya a Boda boda rider who lives in Ndumberi in Kiambu Sub County
According to Ngaruiya, the queues at the centres were too long making the registration exercise time consuming.
“We are so many, hence all of us sent to register at one place may be tiresome due to the long queues at the centre,” he added
“Here we have two registration clerks serving us and with all the documents required one takes less than 5 minutes to register and go back to work,” added Ngaruiya.
With a total of 52 Huduma Centres spread across the country and over 2.5 million active riders in the country, that would mean one Huduma Centre handles an average of 48,000 riders, but with the exercise decentralised to sub counties, the government now expects the number of registered boda boda riders to rise.