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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,24TH JAN 2018-Nairobi governor Mike Sonko will now have to defend his position in court over his move to ban the bodaboda operators from accessing the city center.This is after Starehe MP Charles Njagua also known Jaguar sued the over the move.
In an urgent application filed at the Milimani law court Wednesday, Njagua said the decision was reached without any consultation.
The county government issued a notice on January 22 warning of hefty fines, arrest and long jail terms for riders found contravening the directive.
The government stated in a gazette notice that riders will no longer access the central business district except those offering courier services.
“Pursuant to the provisions of the Traffic Act CAP 403 of 2014 of the Laws of the Republic of Kenya, the county government of Nairobi wishes to inform all motorcycle operators ferrying passengers to and from the CBD that such activities have been banned with immediate effect,” the notice by acting County Secretary Leboo Morintat read in part.
The notice also stated: “Any operator and passenger found contravening this law will be arrested for an offence punishable by hefty fines and long jail terms as provided for in the Traffic Act, 2014.”
The ban was imposed as a measure to curb the rising rates of crime in the CBD.
But Jaguar says the move is ill-informed, was unilaterally made, and is also based on irrelevant considerations.
“The boda boda ban may result in more harm than good as the operators will be left frustrated and without a source of livelihood and may easily be indicted into the very criminal activities the ban seeks to curb,” he argues.
The bodaboda operators have termed the move as ill advised.Saying the county government ought to be more serious and explore other possibilities leading to increased crime rate in the city but not to blame them.