Police Boss Hillary Mutyambai announces that 16 bodaboda operators were arrested, more than 8 hours after a lady motorist was beaten along Forest road.
Police revealed that the 32-year old victim made a police report over the incident on Monday, and a team of detectives made the arrests thereafter.
The suspects are currently being detained at the Parklands Police Sation in Nairobi, awaiting arraignment upon completion of investigations, police said.
Leaders and other Kenyans across the social and political divide condemned the incident:
I have watched in dismay the horrific clip of a lady being assaulted by common thugs on Wangari Maathai rd (formerly forest rd). The authorities must bring the culprits to justice. This is simply unacceptable. My heart has sunk. I will not repost the heart wrenching video clip. – Charity Ngilu, Party leader, Narc
We must reduce the number of boda bodas in Kenya by 3 quarters. We have almost 2.5 million of them. Reduce to 800,000 Apart from being a serious security risk, it hampers development and promotes laziness. Food security affected as none of the young men wants to farm. – Robert Alai, Blogger
Sexual harassment and assault on the young female motorist on Forest Road by male bodaboda cyclists is in part a revelation of an escalating social class anger and a case of bred criminals on bikes – who are insulated by politicians for campaigns. Pass tough bodaboda regulations!– Stephen Mutoro, CEO, COFEK
A young girl being harassed along Forest Road just because of an accident involving a Bodaboba. Why are female journalists quiet yet they defend politicians who have turned bodaboda industry into a political vote basket? Shame! pic.twitter.com/TNkO7wwVgd
— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@CisNyakundi) March 7, 2022