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No voter’s card? No ride on my boda boda!

Boda boda riders in Kisumu have stopped ferrying passengers without national identification card or voter’s cards.

They said that they have been forced to take some of their passengers to polling stations to register as voters before proceeding with the journey.

A boda boda rider by the name Owino told the Nation that his colleagues would be on his case if he ferried any customers without voter’s card.

“I have suffered twice, in the morning I carried a lady without voter’s card. On coming back, I was removed from the base,” he said.


He said for long, the region has been accused of low voter turnout hence not giving their preferred candidate the chance.

“We want to ensure residents in the city who have the identification card are registered. We are quite a number and most people require our services. Before we ferry passengers, we request to see their voters’ card,” said Mr Owino

He disclosed that a meeting for all boda boda riders in town was convened where it was agreed that they would also have their colleagues register as well.

“It’s now or never. We are taking Raila Odinga to State House. We have been a letdown for long and it is my patriotic right to vote,” said Mr Henry Ouma while carrying his identity card.


Mr Ouma said after finishing with the riders, they would embark on housewives who do not have voters card.

“We will take them to the polling stations for free and return them to their houses,’ he said.

“This time we want to make our party leader proud by giving him what he has desired for years. It’s your vote and mine that will make a difference,” he said.

He said with the effort from all corners, they will attain the required number of voters to elect leaders of their choice.