Protesting boda boda operators paralyse transport in Nairobi CBD by pouring used engine oil on roads
5 days ago, 18:46
- Boda boda riders spilled used engine oil along the busy University Way as they protested
- The move came after the boda boda riders were barred from operating in Nairobi CBD
- The intentional oil spillage paralysed transport for hours and caused a number of accidents
Transport on some parts of Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) was on Wednesday, June 13, challenged for hours after protesting boda boda operators caused quite a mess on the roads.
TUKO.co.ke has learnt that tens of boda boda riders spilled used engine oil along the busy University Way as they contested the decision by the County government of Nairobi to lock them out of CBD.
The spillage did not only paralyse transport on the road but also caused multiple accidents, especially at the Globe Roundabout.
Normalcy was experienced hours later thanks to firefighters from the Nairobi County government who cleaned up the oil spilled.
The demos by boda boda operators came just days after the Nairobi County government outlines a number of stringent rules for boda boda riders and their passengers within the CBD in a bid to curb cases of accidents and insecurity.
According to the new rules, the CBD was listed as a no-go zone for riders restricting them to roads such as Kirinyaga Road, University Way, Uhuru Highway, Hailesellasie Avenue and Racecourse Road.
Reading out the rules on Thursday, June 8, Nairobi County's Director of Enforcement, Peter Mbaya urged boda boda riders to keep off CBD adding that any pillion found within the zone would be apprehended together with the rider.
The latest development came just days after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko promised Nairobians that he will ensure that all boda boda riders are barred from CBD.
Sonko had been under immense pressure from Nairobi residents to rid the CBD off stubborn boda boda operators.
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