Ugenya Sub-County Boda-Boda operators have called for constructive negotiations among Nyanza and Western Region governors in regards to motorcycle licensing to protect them from double taxation.

The transporters said that it would be fair for those who have sought for their motorcycles licences in respective counties to move in the neigbouring county without interference from the revenue collectors.

“The idea of taxing each boda-boda operator in Siaya at KShs.1,200 is welcome but we fear that other Counties will also demand for licences if we cross over to those counties without regard to the fact that we are licensed riders in our county of origin unless this is addressed,” noted Mr. Omondi, a Boda Boda operator in Ukwala.

According to Mr. Omondi, the operators are not ready for double or tripple taxations from counties they will be visiting with their customers and Nyanza and Western governors should seek to have a consultative meeting over the permit issues so that a single business permit in one County should allow them to transverse all counties without any interfearances,”

The County Secretary Joseph Ogutu who was chairing the meeting at Ukwala Town Hall during a consultative meeting with the operators on Thursday vowed to consult with the Governor on the genuine matter and share an official County position in the coming days.

Mr. Ogutu appealed to the transporters not to sabotage the agreed transport permit payment arrangement set to begin on 1st March 2021. “We had an elaborate discussiions with County Boda-boda leadership in the previous months and we had agreed on modalities that have been shared with you. Our humble request is for you to honour tax payment as from March 1st 2021 to help the County Government of Siaya streamline services in the sector.

The County Secretary added that Governor Rasanga has indeed exempted the sector from tax payment for close to eight years and hence there should be no harm if it is introduced now.

He warned that the operators risks paying even more in the next regime. “Embrace the KShs. 1,200.00 tax payment that is actually part of County Government of Siaya by-laws,” said Mr. Ogutu