For decades, Runda has been home for the rich and swanky. An address for the high and the mighty, who can easily fork out Sh70 million to own land there.
But, this allure has been snatched by gangs, who pose as boda boda riders. It is alleged they attack the residents during early morning or evening hours, stealing phones and other valuables.
Due to these cases, a boda-boda Sacco operating in the estate, has taken action and weed out the gangs.
Runda boda-boda Sacco chairperson Moses Mukabana noted that the cases have been on the rise.
“For the past two months, the cases have been on the rise. The suspects come from Ngomongo in Kasarani and Ndenderu areas. Two weeks ago, we cornered two of the suspects and managed to arrest one, but his counterpart escaped and was later killed in Ruaka after attempting to rob a resident,” he said.
Mukabana noted they have come up with regulations that boda-bodas riders must observe when entering and exiting the neighbourhood.
“All the riders were listed and we agreed that they should have numbered reflectors and helmets. Also, all the motorbikes will have specific numbers for easy identification. Further, one must have insurance and a valid license,” he said.
He called upon the residents to cooperate with the new rules.
“The challenge is that there are some ‘panya’ routes used by unregistered motorbikes, which poses as a challenge. We ask residents to report any suspicious boda boda riders they come across,” he said, adding, ” The boda boda operators are supposed to operate from Githogoro, UNEP and Porter House stages”.
The Sacco, which was established 10 years ago and has around 219 members, contribute Sh250 per week to a kitty.
The officer in charge of the station, told The Standard, they have received many cases of phone theft and they are curbing the cases.
He claimed most of the suspects are from the nearby slums.