Nairobi, 9th September 2022
Nairobi City County Governor H.E Johnson Sakaja has directed that a Committee be formed by Nairobi City County Inspectorate to identity bodaboda and digital taxis pick up and drop off designated areas in the city within the next seven(7) days.
The committee will comprise of the County Secretary, County Chief Officer incharge of the Inspectorate, Security and Compliance, Nairobi County Boda boda Chairman and the Nairobi Chairperson of digital taxes.
The Governor was speaking at the County Inspectorate Training institute when he spearheaded the release of 120 motorbikes out of the 231 impounded by the County Government for flouting various laws leading to the County impounding the respective motorbikes.
During a staff Kamukunji held last week with Nairobi County staff, Governor Sakaja directed the County Inspectorate to release all impounded motorbikes to respective owners inorder for them to continue earning a living.
Said Governor Sakaja, “I have ordered for the release of these bodabodas because we have a new beginning. For those without log books; My team will find a way of verifying ownership. We want business owners to thrive and earn an honest living. At the same time I want all of you here today to obey the rule of law. We must have order in the city. We will release the bikes to you, but at the same time you must maintain law and order.”
Said Governor Sakaja, “This amnesty is a goodwill. Let us all abide by the county laws. Lawlessness and indiscipline will not be allowed in the city. All road users should be given dignity. I call upon all of you to help us make Nairobi orderly by following the county laws.”
Governor Sakaja said his administration will facilitate citizens to do business in an orderly manner.
According to the Nairobi Bodaboda Association Chairman Ken Onyango, Nairobi County has 176,000 registered bodaboda riders. Onyango promised that the riders will adhere to the set rules and laws. The chairman thanked H.E the Governor for honouring his promise to release the motorbikes adding that the sector has employed so many people.
Governor Sakaja also ordered for the release of all other impounded equipment including car wash machines, carts and kiosks among others.
The Governor committed to have the City Inspectorate facility refurbished and bring in new reforms proposed.
Nairobi Members of County Assembly elect present pledged to pass laws which will protect the bodaboda industry. UmojaI Member of County Assembly Mark Mugambi urged bodaboda riders to follow laws, saying that 90% of road accidents are caused by the Bodabodas.
The Governor was accompanied by Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri, County Secretary, Dr. Jairus Musumba, County Executive members- Winnie Gathagu Trade, Larry Wambua, Finance and Hitan Majevdia, Health, Chief Officers and other County senior officers and Members of County Assembly for Woodley, Waithaka, Rumirithu and UmojaI.