A Section Of Politicians Move To Court To Challenge Government’s Boda Boda Insurance Proposal

by Mahakamani News
Governor Sonko on a motorbike with other operators during the protest

A section of politicians led by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria on Monday moved to court challenging a proposal by the government to have boda boda operators obtain insurance covers for their passengers.

Sonko, as well as two other lawmakers, now want the court to restrain Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich from implementing the proposal in his 2019/20 financial budget arguing that it will lead to massive unemployment and huge loses.

The petitioners also argued that the said proposal was not shared with members of the public for comment before they were introduced, further adding that CS Rotich ought to have consulted the Attorney General first.

“It is in the best interest of justice the orders sought be granted to suspend operationalisation of the regulations proposed in the amendments as contained in the budget statement,” read court papers.

Boda boda operaters protesting outside Milimani court

“The operators find themselves in a position where they are required to pay excessive and obstructive fees in the form of third party insurance without being given an opportunity to debate and discuss the proposal.”

Other petitioners in the suit include Gatundu South Member or Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria, East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) MP Simon Mbugua, former MP Kalembe Ndile, as well as Stanley Livondo and Kevin Bwire Mubadi.

The matter was certified as urgent and listed for hearing on June 24, 2019.

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