By Judith Gicobi
According to a new study, the Boda Boda sector generates one million direct jobs for operators making Sh1 billion per day, highlighting the significance of the motorcycle industry to Kenya’s economy in the midst of a statewide crackdown on riders for indiscipline.
According to a survey conducted by the listed corporation Car & General (C&G), which supplies motorcycles, replacement parts, and other engineering equipment, the sector indirectly sustains six million livelihoods or nearly 10% of the country’s population.
According to C&G, each rider earns an estimate of Sh1,000 each day from an average of 15 trips, equating to a daily revenue of Sh1 billion or Sh365 billion per year for the one million of them.
This equates to 3.4 percent of GDP and nearly equals the production of Kenya’s education sector, which contributes 3.8 percent to GDP.
The Treasury also collects over Sh60 billion in petrol prices from Boda Bodas, which spends an equivalent of Sh300 amount of petrol every day.
This equates to Sh300 million in fuel per day, with approximately Sh163 million going to the government in terms of taxes, levies, and other costs.
This week, some motorcycle riders harassed a female driver on Nairobi’s Wangari Maathai Road (previously Forest Road), triggering mass outrage of the so-called Boda Boda issue.
Experts support calls for increased Boda Boda control, noting that the industry has grown too crucial economically to be left in the hands of disorderly operators.