Bodaboda riders in Bamba area of Ganze constituency will now begin to arrest schooling teenagers found misbehaving in a bid to curb the incidents of teenage pregnancies that put Kilifi county to shame last year.
Last year, with over 14,000 teen pregnancies were recorded in the county leading to a blame game between parents, teachers and the county admininstration.
The Bodaboda Riders who were speaking in Bamba town said the movement is already operational.
In the new movement, the bodabodas will take turns to attend night gatherings in groups and once they spot any school going student, they will arrest him or her and handover to the law reinforcement agencies.
The law enforcement agencies will then summon the parents and punish those found culpable.
“Any student found at a compromising position during odd hours will be arrested too. By August, 2019, this program will roll over the entire constituency depending on the outcome of this month’s move. The main purpose of this special arrangement with the bodaboda riders is to confirm to the public that they are not exclusively the ones spoiling the teenage girls as always perceived. We also wish to instill discipline to all actors. We highly believe that if every actor adheres to their roles and responsibilities, such a challenge couldn’t escalate.” Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire who was present during the announcement said.
Last year, teen pregnancies in the county were largely blamed on parents allowing their children to attend disco matangas which is a night vigil where mourners celebrate the life of a deceased person.
This prompted the county administration to ban the ceremonies leading to a standoff between the administration, bango artistes and mourning families who flouted the ban.