Kakamega County and Kibo Africa have today signed a partnership where the County will purchase motorcycles to enhance the mobility of County Administrators while on duty across the County.
Senior Kakamega County officers led by the CECM for Finance, Planning and ICT Dr. Beatrice Sabana visited Kibo Motorcycles’ newly expanded assembly plant at Boma Business Park, Nairobi where they had a factory tour and negotiations for purchase of the motorcycles.
The partnership aims to aid Kakamega County government’s program to supply motorcycles to all Ward and Community area administrators. Kibo Africa is an innovative local manufacturers that has been at the forefront in championing durable and safe mobility through continuous research, testing and development of its flagship motorcycles so as to provide bikes that are competently suited for the demands and rigors of the African terrain.
The bike’s iconic exoskeleton frames are made out of welded steel tubing, making the bikes incredibly strong. The frame and built-in crash bar form part of a virtual safe space for the rider, designed and proven to disperse the force of impact in a crash and keep the rider out of harm’s way.
Kibo Africa also offers a rider-training program designed to educate riders on how to best utilize their bikes safely and durably in order to maximize value for money. Kibo intends to partner with Kakamega County polytechnics to offer training to students studying Automotive Engineering, an idea that will help in job creation amongst youths and women.
Speaking during the occasion to formalize the purchase agreement, Kibo C.E.O, Mr. Huib Van De Grijspaarde, reiterated his company’s commitment towards providing quality and reliable mobility solutions to the Kenyan market. He further said the company is constantly investing providing efficient and accessible after-sales support for its customers. Kibo Africa has currently set up a network of 6 retail centers and 47 Service Centers across Kenya.
Kakamega County Public Service and Administration CECM Madam Rhodah Masaviru noted that the County is focused on supporting Kenyan manufacturers and help build capacity for the Kenyan economy.
“As a county we are looking for a motorcycle that gives us value for money, that is durable, that focuses on the safety of our officials and works well in providing mobility for our county officials. In Kibo we have found the right partner for our mobility needs. I am confident that this partnership help improve and accelerate service delivery in Kakamega County.” Said Madam Rhodah Masaviru.
Kibo Africa entered the Kenyan market in 2017 with the launch of its 1st generation bike, The Kibo K150 series. Kibo Africa also made further investments in product innovation to address existing gaps in the market.
This led to expansion of its product offering with the launch of the Kibo K250 series in 2019 and the Kibo K160 series in 2020.
More recently in May 2021 the company launched it’s 2nd generation bike, the Kibo K160R. This is an improved version of the K160 and comes with a bigger tank, bigger instrument panel, upgraded clutch switch and a myriad of other exciting features.