The national government has classified the country’s bodaboda operators as a major security risk in 2022, especially during the campaigns and August polls. At a meeting in Nairobi bringing together all regional commissioners and county commissioners in Nairobi, chaired by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
It was revealed in the meeting bodaboda operators are currently being mobilised for 2022 and are sponsored, plus protected by some prominent politicians- making them operate with impunity.
According to Interior PS Karanja Kibicho, the operators are enablers of crime and a menace to the country’s security at large who must be contained before and after the next general elections.
“Apart from them being enablers of crime, they are a menace to security at large and must be reigned on at all costs if we intend to have peaceful pre and post-election,” said Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho.
On his part, Interior CS Fred Matiangi warned of a possible post-election violence saying a closer review of the country’s political dynamics, it was clear Kenyans may fight each other in 2022.
“A closer review of the political dynamics in the country, mirrored by the previous by-elections, points to possible conflict and electoral violence in 2022, which calls for all to ensure this does not come to pass, ” Dr. Matiangi said, adding, ”We must change how elections are held in this country. We must not have demonstrations before or after the polls and this is achievable.”
The meeting was called to discuss the threats that are seen ahead and how to mitigate them.