Armstrong Mwangala Mwaveka is 48 years old and the leader of the motorcycle taxi drivers, the so called “boda boda riders” in Mtwapa, Kilifi County. Boda boda business in Kenya is known for being associated with crime and gang activities. For example, young school girls are forced by boda body drivers into sexual intercourse in exchange for the transport services.
Armstrong was often confronted with cases of rape, domestic violence and early marriages, cutting across his own group members as either victims or perpetrators. Despite his strong influence over the boda boda in Mtawapa, Armstrong felt helpless, since he did not have the prerequisite knowledge, skills and linkages to enable him intervene to the needy cases.
“It is incredible how much things have changed through Pamoja’s program.
I now have fellow champions including police, teachers, youth and
social workers to combat violence.
These networks are crucial to handle cases successfully."
Changed attitudes and behavior towards violence
“I acquired knowledge and skills to respond non-violently to conflicts. Pamoja’s trainings transformed my interaction with my children, wife and community.”
Improved collaboration with the police
“Thanks to Pamoja’s forums, which bring together community leaders and state actors, I have direct contacts with the police. I now can effectively refer cases for response and make follow-ups too.”
Effective victim support services
“Previously, I have received 1-3 cases of violence in a day with minimal success in finding a solution. Now I interact with up to 10 cases a day. Many of them are resolved successfully thanks to my new networks.