Kinyan­jui has no track record, says Mbugua

Says he spear­headed laws that would drive boda bo­das out of busi­ness

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - STEVE WAMBUGU @wambuguk­ing

Nakuru Gover­nor Kin­uthia Mbugua has said for­mer Na­tional Trans­port and Safety Au­thor­ity Board chair­man Lee Kinyan­jui should ex­plain his track record be­fore seek­ing to un­seat him.

He said Kinyan­jui left be­hind puni­tive laws tar­get­ing boda boda op­er­a­tors, so he can­not be trusted with the county top job. Mbugua said the laws are dra­co­nian and aim to push youths out of jobs.

“We should ask him what he did when he was at the NTSA be­fore he starts ask­ing for votes to be­come Nakuru gover­nor,” Mbugua said. The two are con­sid­ered the top con­tenders for the po­si­tion.

Speak­ing in Kure­soi sub­county on Satur­day, Mbugua said he has re­ceived so many pe­ti­tions from youth over a law that re­quires boda boda op­er­a­tors to only carry pas­sen­gers not ex­ceed­ing 60kg.

Kinyan­jui, how­ever, de­fended the law, say­ing it will re­duce road acci- dents. He said it was a rec­om­men­da­tion by mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers. “Th­ese rules aim to reg­u­late cargo size and vol­ume,” Kinyan­jui said.

He said Mbugua is out of touch with re­al­ity be­cause he en­joys a Sh20 mil­lion med­i­cal cover. Kinyan­jui urged the gover­nor to visit a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dents ward at the Nakuru Provin­cial Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal to see how boda boda op­er­a­tors are suf­fer­ing.

/BEN NDONGA

Nakuru Gover­nor Kin­uthia Mbugua (R) dur­ing a meet-thep­eo­ple tour at Wakulima Mar­ket in Nakuru town on June 14

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