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Bob Collymore slams Nairobi women who refuse to wear boda boda helmets

Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore has harshly faulted women who refuse to wear boda boda helmets for fear of messing up their hair.

“It’s nobody else’s fault if you get on a boda boda and you think that the cost of your braids is more important than your life,” said Mr Collymore.

“You can’t blame the police, you can’t blame anyone else. It’s just plain stupid.

“I know Kenyans don’t like me using the word stupid but it’s plain stupid to get on an overloaded boda boda,” he added.

Data from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows that 804 people died on the roads by April 8 compared to 734 for a similar period in 2014.


Motorcycle passenger deaths rose by 58 per cent from 38 to 60.

Mr Collymore also asked drivers to observe the set speed limits, saying that his own driver is under warning that if he is arrested for speeding he will be fired.

“It’s not just that Charlton (Traffic Commandant) will find him, he will cease to be my driver because I will not have it,” he added.

Mr Collymore is mobilising fellow corporate heads in a joint campaign with NTSA to reduce the number of deaths on the road by 1,000 in the next two years.

He said that they have identified several black spots around Nairobi where most pedestrians are killed and asked fellow corporates to pay for marshals to help people cross roads safely.

The spots are North Airport Road, the Eastern bypass, Thika Road around Githurai area and Waiyaki Way.