Good news for boda boda riders: Sakaja orders release of bikes impounded by Kanjo – VIDEO
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja on Monday directed that all impounded motorcycles by City Hall and associated with petty offences be released.
The new governor made the directive at City Hall while meeting with county government employees.
Sakaja directed the county staff to identify drop-off and pick-up points for boda bodas and electronic taxis to allow them to operate in an orderly manner and prevent harassment.
He however asked boda bodas and hawkers to operate within the law, saying freedom was not limitless.
The cases against the riders whose motorbikes had been impounded will also be withdrawn with immediate effect.
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In July, Nairobi Metropolitan Services said they planned to release all boda boda motorcycles impounded within Nairobi before polls.
NMS Director General Mohammed Badi said he will consult Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai over the matter.
“Some boda bodas had been impounded, I shall consult with IG and ensure they get released before elections,” he said.
Badi admitted that boda boda operators have been victims of rogue enforcement officers.
“Since I took over Nairobi I have worked closely with the boda boda associations. Boda boda operators have indeed been harassed by rogue enforcement officers.”
Badi said he has initiated disciplinary action against the rogue officers and will dismiss them.
During the meeting, the new county boss implored the workers to work diligently and deliver for Nairobi residents.
“I will be honest and candid with you. I will not promise you heaven but play your part and I will play my part. We want to ask you to trust us and work with us. What has been missing in Nairobi County is leadership, and we are here now,” Sakaja said.
He told them that he, in turn, would ensure that their salaries and allowances are paid on time, they will be equipped with the necessary tools and protected from external forces that often interfere with their work.
“Even within City Hall and the county government, we need order. Salaries have to be paid on time. You have many unpaid allowances. Some of your statutory deductions were diverted like for NSSF, NHIF, sacco, Lapfund, and Laptrust. This will all be sorted out,” said Mr Sakaja.
Nairobi city county government has over 13,000 employees and hundreds showed up for the inaugural meeting with the Governor held at the courtyard of City Hall.