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How Sonko blatantly flouted traffic rules

December 15th, 2015 2 min read


Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko is back in the news for all the wrong reasons, this time for flouting traffic rules and passenger safety measures.

In a video that has emerged online Sonko is seen riding on a boda boda to the Central Business District (CBD) without a helmet or a reflector jacket.

Sonko, who recently declared his interest in the Nairobi gubernatorial seat, captioned his first video uploaded on Facebook, “Today Nairobi’s traffic is very hectic but mimi nilijichanua boda boda till home. Ukiona utalala kwa jam jichanue. Video 1.” (Today Nairobi’s traffic is very hectic but I took a boda boda home. If you think you can’t beat the traffic, follow suit.).

Though he captioned the video that he was heading home, the video shows him entering the CBD through Haile Selassie Avenue in contravention of a new law that banned all boda boda operators from accessing the CBD.


It is also a safety measure for all boda boda passengers to put on a helmet and a reflector jacket, something which the Senator clearly disregarded.

Interestingly, in one of the videos he posted, two police vehicles are seen stuck in traffic while Sonko’s bodyguard, who filmed the video, cheekily greets the officers as “Afande” then rides on.

Later Sonko shared another video showing him paying the boda boda operators via mobile money which he captioned by saying “he was too broke and had to borrow a loan to pay the riders.”

This is not the first time the Senator is contradicting Governor Evans Kidero. In April this year he sued Dr Kidero over the removal of roundabouts in a move that was aimed at reducing traffic.

However, while making the announcement of his intention to unseat Kidero, Sonko said he and the governor will remain to be good friends regardless of their political differences.

Here is the link to the video of Sonko’s boda boda ride: