Nairobi governor Ann Kananu has given boda boda operators seven days to have a structured operation dialogue failure to which they will be ousted in town and stern action taken against them.
Speaking today Kananu says the boda boda operators have now become a threat to life of other Nairobians and that the sector now has a security threat.
“To all bodaboda leaders we sit down and see how we can work together don’t take the law into your hands, we want you to do your business but we must also have order and discipline.So you have 7 days to ensure that this is done failure to which we will take action against you,’’ Kananu said.
“This kind of behavior is archaic, barbaric and outdated and should not be allowed to happen at this day and age in this great city of Nairobi! It is embarrassing and inhumane when grown up men assault a helpless woman. I want to urge men, especially bodaboda riders to desist from taking the law into their own hands and meting violence to young innocent people, especially motorists. Women are not punching bags when men are angry. I call upon the National Police Service to speed up the investigation so that the culprits are brought to book and jailed! These are the kind of crimes that chase investors and tourists away from our beautiful country,’’she added.
Meanwhile Bodaboda operators in the Nairobi Central Business District have now condemned the on crackdown on the bodaboda operators by the police.
According to the operators the crackdown has been turn into a cash cow for police who are now arresting them without any offence.
‘‘We are being harassed by the police I think this is not a normal operation,’’ Steve Owino a rider said.
The police launched a crackdown yesterday on bodaboda operators after a video went viral on social media showing a woman being assaulted by bodaboda riders.
By Allan Otieno