This time round you will have nowhere to hide,CS Matiangi tells Roque bodaboda operators

This time round you will have nowhere to hide,CS Matiangi tells Roque bodaboda operators

BY  JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,8TH MARCH,2022-Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi  has put Roque boda boda operators on notice following an incident in which a motorist on Friday  was sexually assaulted along Forest Road.  Addressing the press on Tuesday after a meeting with Transport cabinet secretary James Macharia and his Communication and technology counterpart Joe Mucheru,Matiangi said going forward all efforts will be redirected towards weeding out bad elements among the operators.

While acknowledging that not all bodaboda operators are bad,the CS asked the operators to coperate with law enforcers to ensure that the lasting solution is found.

 

Elsewhere ,the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has called for the creation of a task force to curb the rouge bodaboda industry.

Airing their sentiments at a protest held on Tuesday, FIDA presented a petition to the National Police Service Inspector General calling for protection of women in Kenya following the sexual assault of a female motorist on Friday along Forest Road.

“We call on the IG of police today. Whatever it means. Whether it will be a task force or a special unit to curb the boda boda drivers so that like other road users they are put under the adherence of the rule of law,” said FIDA CEO Anne Ireri.

“We demand concerted efforts and public declarations from the current government as well as those seeking electoral offices to rein in on the bodaboda industry and ensure that women are safe as they use bodabodas,” she added.

An NPS representative from the spokesperson’s office, Bianca Nzioki, assured the protesters the police regrets the incident and progress had been made to ensure all culprits involved are brought to book.

“As a law enforcement agency we continue to do our part in ensuring that the rouge bodaboda riders face the wrath of the law and we call on the other stakeholders to join us in seeing this process through,” Nzioki told the protesters.

FIDA was joined by Amnesty International, representatives from the Law Society of Kenya, university student leaders, and officials from the United Nations Population Fund.

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