Nairobi, KENYA: Nairobi County has banned boda-boda operators that carry passengers within the Central Business District CBD and exempted only Motorcycle riders who transport goods.
In a notice from the office of the county government, the operations are expected to stop with immediate effect starting today (Tuesday).
“Any operator and passenger found contravening this law will be arrested for an offense punishable by hefty fines and long jail terms as provided for in the Traffic Act, 2014.” Read part of the notice.
The letter argues that the county does not have a signed parking slot for the boda-boda operators in Nairobi.
According to the senior inspector at city hall, Mr. Peter Mbaya, boda-boda riders lack respect for traffic rules and moreover, many criminal cases reported are said to have been perpetrated by them.
“Some of these boda-boda riders work with gangsters and organize crimes. We cannot risk allowing them to continue operating within the CBD.” He said.
Following the incident, Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has appointed an anti-mugging squad amid efforts to curb crime in the city centre.