In Summary
  • Lamu County has over 5,000 boat operators working in the various islands in the archipelago.
  • County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said his office will not sit back and watch as children skip school.
  • He warned lazy chiefs of dire consequences if they fail to ensure all children in their various areas of jurisdiction are sent to school.

Boat operators in Lamu County will soon have to undergo an age assessment test in a move aimed at weeding out underage children who are said to be actively involved in the water transport business in the region.

Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said his office will not sit back and watch as children who should be in school loiter in the streets of Lamu while others work as coxswains.

Lamu County has over 5,000 boat operators working in the various islands in the archipelago.

Speaking to the Nation on Tuesday, Mr Kanyiri said he has already instructed deputy county commissioners, chiefs and headmen across Lamu County to ensure only adults are involved in the boat business.

BODABODA RIDERS

Mr Kanyiri said the age assessment test will also be extended to fishermen and bodaboda riders working across Lamu County so that those who abandon school to engage in such activities are taken back to class.

He warned lazy chiefs of dire consequences if they fail to ensure all children in their various areas of jurisdiction are sent to school.

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