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Boda Boda Riders Sue Gov’t Over Campaign Slogan, Say It Has Caused Them Psychological Trauma

Boda Boda Riders Sue Gov’t Over Campaign Slogan, Say It Has Caused Them Psychological Trauma

On Thursday, Operation Linda Ugatuzi filed a lawsuit against the Kenya Kwanza administration, claiming that they exploited the boda boda riders and mama mboga identities for political gain during the campaign period.

Under the guidance of Professor Fred Ogola, the advocacy organization has requested the government to provide compensation amounting to Ksh465 billion.

Nevertheless, Ogola contended that the amount was insignificant when contrasted with the economic impact of the boda boda industry. Moreover, this consideration takes into account the unfulfilled pledges made by President William’s administration to the riders during their campaign.

“Boda Boda and mama mboga contribute about 80 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Boda boda alone contributes Ksh1 billion every year to the economy,” he stated.

Linda Ugatuzi Chair Prof Fred Ogola speaking to the press on August 11, 2023.

As per Ogola, the present government has significantly leveraged the boda rider and mama mboga identity to secure victory in the 2027 General Election and garner support from the common people.

He mentioned that none of Ruto’s policies have tackled the challenges encountered by the hustlers. He emphasized that the promising ones that could bring hope are still awaiting execution.

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He pressed the court to grant a temporary ban on the names, preventing politicians from using them until the case is resolved.

The professor also insisted that the court must require all leaders who reference boda boda riders and mama mbogas in their speeches to provide evidence of consent from the individuals involved.

In the lead-up to the 2022 General Election, President Ruto pledged to improve the livelihoods of motorcycle taxi riders and small-scale vegetable vendors.

Following assuming office, Ruto introduced the Hustler Fund aimed at providing cost-effective loans to riders and vendors. Nevertheless, concerns emerged regarding the insufficient amount provided by the fund.

Another initiative introduced by the President aimed at supporting individuals working hard was the launch of e-bikes to generate additional employment opportunities for young people. Nevertheless, this endeavor faced criticism due to concerns regarding the

Additionally, Ruto’s approach to heavily taxing Kenyans does not augur well with hustlers. 

Boda Boda Riders Sue Gov’t Over Campaign Slogan, Say It Has Caused Them Psychological Trauma

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