A section of private bikers stormed Muthaiga Estate on Saturday, October 10 in protest of the government’s decision to block them from using a stretch linking Limuru Road and Thika Superhighway.
The riders took to the streets, using their powerful engines to make their voices heard.
Revvs could be heard all over Kenya’s wealthiest neighbourhoods as the bikers came out in droves, from BMW Motorcycles to Ducatis.
“Is Muthaiga not in Kenya? When was the constitutional right to freedom of movement withdrawn form us? We protest the harassment of Motorcyclists by Police at the Muthaiga roundabout,” reads an excerpt from the biker’s statement.
A government order implemented over the last month has seen police stationed at the roundabout exit next to Muthaiga Post Office (Limuru Road), barring trucks, pick-ups, matatus and motorcycles access to the public road.
The riders cemented their complaints by revealing that police officers have harassed them while using the road.
The local police revealed that an increase in boda boda related crimes that include snatching of purses within the pristine suburb was the motivation behind the barricade put in place.
The riders however maintained that they had the right to use the road like any other Kenyan, adding that classifying all bikers as thieves due to isolated incidents of theft was unfair.
In their statement directed at Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, the bikers cited the first constitutional and human rights point is freedom of movement. “As far as we know, the roads in Muthaiga are public roads. And Article 39 of the Constitution says, “Every person has the right to freedom of movement.”
The law demands that a genuine reason is given for such a ban, and an Act of Parliament directing the closure of the road enacted.
Kenya’s wealthiest individuals as well as leaders are known residents of the area. From former President Mwai Kibaki, to renowned businessman Wanjigi as well as former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
The new order blocking entry into Muthaiga was allegedly introduced without warning, and has created a wide range of inconvenience to residents some of whom boda boda deliveries have been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic.