, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has terminated all ongoing cases involving boda boda riders within Nairobi.
Kidero has also ordered the unconditional release of all the boda bodas currently impounded at City Hall at no cost.
Kidero however stated that going forward, all operators need to “adhere to all the county by laws and traffic rules.”
“This is in order for law and order to prevail in the city,” he stated.
He was speaking following a meeting with members of the boda boda association at City Hall where they aired their grievances.
The Nairobi County Government had initially banned boda boda riders from operating within the city centre and there had been ongoing cases in court.
Kidero had said any operator and passenger found contravening the law will be arrested.
Boda boda riders have for a long time resisted efforts to eject them from the city centre and on several occasions have engaged county askaris in cat-and-mouse games.
Boda bodas seem to be supplanting taxis as they offer cheaper services within the city centre, with a ride costing between Sh50 and Sh100, and hence making them the preferred choice of many people.
Though the number of motorcycles has increased in the city centre, the County Government has not designated parking slots for them.