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Boda boda business in Kisii, rising school dropouts and illicit sex

Risper Tenai
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Boda boda riders fits a safety helmet on his customer. [Photo/File]

The boda boda business has been blamed for partly contributing to the declining education standards and rising school dropout in Kisii and Nyamira Counties. It is also important to note that the riders are mostly young men in their teens and mid-20s,

 Reports document that many young boys in the Abagusii counties are dropping out of school to join the lucrative boda boda industry that is also attracting young girls to engage in illicit sex with the operators.

As a result, the boy child in Gusii region is being denied an equal chance of education while several are losing their lives in accidents as they are not well trained on road safety.

The girl child has also not been left behind in this sad erosion of morals and education in the quest for quick riches since some of them are being lured by boda boda operators to get married at an early age.

According to a United Nation report of between July 2016 and June 2017, some 378,397 girls aged 10 to 19 became pregnant at the same time pointing an accusing finger at touts and boda bodas.

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