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Faith Nyasuguta 

Over 30 motorcyclists have been arrested in Nairobi after Kenyan police launched a manhunt for motorcycle riders caught on camera assaulting a female driver in Nairobi, the capital.

At the same time, detectives investigating the incident have identified the main suspect, one Zachariah Nyaora Obadia who escaped from the police via a sewer duct.

Zachariah Nyaora escaped from the police through a sewer duct. /DCI Twitter]

In the disturbing video, the woman is heard screaming and is also struggling to push off the hands of men who were trying to undress her while others ordered that she be removed from inside the car.

The rowdy motorcycle gang stripped the woman half-naked.

It is said that there was an accident involving the woman’s car and a motorcycle operator, or boda boda rider, as they are widely known in Kenya.

Images from the assault video /Courtesy/

Starting Monday evening, the video caused an uproar in the country. Kenyans online called for action with activists accusing the government of allowing lawlessness to thrive among the motorcycle riders.

This pushed President Uhuru Kenyatta into ordering a crackdown on all boda boda operators in Nairobi and across the country.

The President also directed the registration of all motorcycles.

“I want to refer to the video circulating. It was disheartening and it was only one of these incidents shown. I have ordered a crackdown on all boda boda operators starting here in Nairobi and moving across the country. I know we are in the busy season of politics, and some will say the government is harassing small business owners. There is no such thing,” he said.

A huge number are often said to ride recklessly and whenever one of them is involved in a traffic accident they are known to show up at the scene in large numbers, hooting, harassing motorists and threatening to lynch car drivers.

In 2020, a group of motorcycle riders were caught on camera attacking a driver on Thika Superhighway after he reportedly hit their colleague.

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