His Excellency Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii Chelilim, EGH on Tuesday held a meeting with the leadership of Bodaboda Saccos at the Municipality Social Hall.

In his address, the Governor acknowledged the role played by the Bodaboda operators in own-source revenue generation, the growth of the transport sector, and the economy of the County.

“You play a very big role in the revenue accumulation of my administration, in the transport sector, and in the growth of the economy within our County. During these difficult economic times and as per my pledge to lower the fee paid by this sector, I have lowered the stickers fee from Ksh.600 to Ksh.400 for those within the Municipality, and from Ksh 300 to 200 for those at the Sub-counties,” said the Governor.

On her part, the CECM for Trade Eng. Martha Cheruto praised the discipline witnessed in the recent past from the Bodaboda operators.

“We appreciate the discipline you guys have shown since we hosted the Devolution Conference. Keep doing the good work, your good show has helped us move closer to the City status,” said CECM Martha.

Municipality Chairperson Julius Kitur urged the Bodaboda operators to observe lane discipline and called upon the motorbike suppliers to be humane.

“Most of those selling motorbikes to you give you on loan but when you are about to clear the loans, they ambush you and take back the motorbikes that should be discouraged, ” Mr. Kitur noted.

The Municipality Manager Tito Koiyet said there are plans for decongesting the Eldoret CBD.

“We will have a public participation exercise to discuss how we can decongest our town to make it convenient for all of us,” said Koiyet.

Chief Officer for Cooperatives Ruth Samoei challenged the bodaboda operators to continuously observe terms and conditions of the sector maintaining that putting on a reflector jacket all times is paramount.

“We have so far given out over KSh. 13 Million to Bodaboda Saccos from our Cooperatives funds to boost their businesses,” added Samoei

Revenue officer Stephen Kung’u, cautioned the Bodaboda Saccos against using fake/forged stickers. He revealed that some Bodaboda riders have fake stickers and asked them to avoid using shortcuts and instead acquire genuine stickers.

Other top county officials including directors from the Municipality were present, together with representatives from various Saccos.