Brickhouse Counsel CEO Winnie Odinga; who doubles up as daughter of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, has opened up on the frustrations she faced while attempting to construct a boda boda stage in Karen, after seeing the plight of the operators in that area.

In an interview on Thursday, Winnie noted that her bid to build the stage was met with a series of frustrations, including having to write to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) informing them of her intentions.

She notes that despite the area MCA writing the letter on her behalf, she is yet to get any feedback regarding the project.

This means the boda boda operators who were meant to benefit from the initiative will have to wait longer, if at all KURA will approve the project.


“The other day I was trying to build a boda boda stage right near my parents’ home in Karen… I called the area MCA Mr Mberia and he got back to me and told me in order to put up a boda boda stage I must write to the Director General (DG) of Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA)… After a little bit of back and forth he agreed to write the letter,” she said in part.

Elsewhere, Winnie also noted that her initiative to have a group of ladies help in cleaning the city was stopped by the authorities, on grounds that they did not have the required licence.

“I started a program hiring the women in Kilimani who sit on corners to sweep the roads, slash grass along the street, collect small small litter. They were arrested because they didn't have a licence to clean from the county and company not registered. A license to clean!” she tweeted recently.