29 March 2014

Kenya: New Rules for Garissa Boda Bodas, Taxis

The government has ordered all taxi and boda boda operators in Garissa town to clearly mark their vehicles. Speaking at a business forum on Thursday evening, Garissa county commissioner Rashid Khator said this will make it easy for security agents to know where and which routes the vehicles operate in.

Khator said boda boda operators should wear uniforms and their routes clearly defined. "We have realised these boda boda operators are being used to commit crimes. Tracking them is difficult as we do not know where they come from and their routes," he said. Khator said residents should support them in fighting crime.

The operators have said the police will use the new directive to extort money from them and drive them out of business. Police have been cracking down on people without ID cards in the town since last week.

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