County officers clash with boda boda operators as matatus defy Sacco regulation
SEE ALSO :New tough rules for boda boda“The idea of two vehicles per Sacco at the stage is just impractical because for that to work there must be clearly built and gazetted holding points. Authorities have also been extorting us in the name of allowing us to continue with our operations and it must come to an end,” said Justus, a driver. The situation was replicated at the Afya Centre stage, Koja bus station, Odeon, Kencom, Ambassador as well as the Railway Station, telling of a deep rooted problem that will not be solved by mere directives that lack clear implementation. In May, Mbaya had directed that each vehicle will only be granted five minutes in the allocated slots to drop and pick passengers. He however indicated that matatu Saccos would have to look for their own holding spaces as the county provision is to provide picking and dropping spots. On the flipside, an intensified crackdown on boda bodas coupled with a new set of regulations to govern their operations has seen the bikers steer clear of the central business district. City Hall’s director of operations, Peter Mbaya has in the last four days spearheaded a two-week operation aimed at decongesting the City.
SEE ALSO :Boda boda rider runs over police officer“All of our officers will be in uniform while carrying out the crack down to deter imposters from harassing the riders,” said Mbaya. In the new set of rules developed by the County administration in conjunction with the boda boda association, the riders operations have been limited to the periphery of the CBD. They are not to go past Railways bus station, globe cinema roundabout, OTC stage and Uhuru Park. Instead, the riders can only access Kirinyaga Road, University Way, Uhuru Highway, Haile Sellasie and Race Course Road. Mbaya indicated that both the rider and the pillion passenger will be arrested if found operating in the CBD and each charged Sh50, 000 at the city court.