More than 100 unclaimed motorbikes that were seized two years ago in Nairobi will be sold once the county legal process is completed.
The 193 motorbikes have been lying in the Dagoretti and Ngong Road county custody for two years after their owners refused to come forward with lawful documents, logbooks and receipts, to release them.
“When we impound the motorbikes, we require logbook and receipt given by the companies and distributors because we suspect some of these motorbikes were stolen or acquired illegally,” said Deputy Director of Operations Nairobi MetropolitanServices(NMS) William Kangogo.
Kangogo sentiments came after an ongoing sting operation on boda-boda riders within the city centre.
The crackdown, which has been underway for 21 dayss, is targeting centres where the bodaboda riders are not authorised to operate.
"For the last three weeks we have been arresting boda-boda riders within CBD where they are not allowed to operate because most of them have been linked to criminal activities, like the ones who snatched phones from police officers,” Kangogo told the press.
On the selling process, he stated that the first procedure is to prepare a list, which they will send to the Director of Procurement, then get a court order to complete the legal process.
Kangogo added that the department is also tracing leads connecting a city politician to sales of motorcycles that he allegedly use in luring the youths before 2022 general elections.
“We suspect that he is using them as bait to get votes. The youth recruited come from his constituency but some of them lease out the motorbikes to criminals at night,” he said.
From the 21 days crackdown, the officer noted that over 100 boda boda riders have been apprehended and placed in court.
“A number of them charged at City Court pay the fines even if they are as high as Sh40,000. That is where the issue of the politician comes in,” said Kangogo.
Some riders who spoke to the press by said the penalties slapped and charges needed at the yards are hefty, and this make some of them leave the bikes to rot there.
“Some of our colleagues go underground when the fines are high. The county also charges about Sh2,000 per day for impounded bikes. Such burdens are too heavy for some of us,” said Edward Onyango, rider in Nairobi.
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