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Request for mobile registration

The chairman of motorbike riders in Nakuru County Samwel Munyiri has appealed to the government to consider introducing mobile biometric registration to reach more riders and reduce the time lost queuing at the Huduma centres. 

Speaking today during a security meeting between them and police officers at the Nakuru Red Cross Hall, he said so far 50 of their members have registered. And he attributed the slow pace to the long queues and noted that mobile registration was likely to move the exercise faster. 

He assured the security officers that their members were willing to register in large numbers, however, the long queues at the Huduma centres were time-consuming and some of the riders get discouraged and walk away. 

However, the chairman said if mobile registration was introduced and the officers from the Huduma centres physically move around the various designated stages where they park waiting for passengers, it would expedite the exercise. 

The renewed registration of the riders was ordered by the government last month after a woman motorist was attacked in Nairobi in broad daylight when her vehicle was involved in a slight accident with one of the riders. 

The officers from Nakuru Huduma centre who were present promised to consider and implement the riders’ request but requested more time to allow further consultation with their seniors. 

Munyiri said without mobile biometric registration the riders in the villages were unlikely to bother travelling and using fares to the Huduma centres. 

The chairman of motorbike riders Samwel Munyiri (standing) addressing a security meeting at the Nakuru Red Cross Hall

Even before the disastrous incident in Nairobi, there had been a lot of complaints against the riders in Nakuru city, and some of them were suspected to have gotten involved in criminal activities. 

The chairman assured the security officers that the new SACCOs will be more alert and weed out any criminal elements among their members.

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