Motorbike owners who went to police stations to collect their impounded motorbikes according to Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja’s directive were a disappointed lot after the police demanded clearance documents and turned them away.

According to the police, they have a clear channel to be followed under such circumstances and the order was issued to the County askaris.

“Riders must release documents to show that they are the owners of the motorbikes…the law has to be expressly followed," the police said.

The police spokesperson Bruno Shioso also clarified that Sakaja’s orders do not fall under the National Government.

Sakaja on Monday ordered the release of all motorbikes impounded by the County Government of Nairobi and all cases against the boda boda operators be withdrawn immediately.

He issued the order on Monday at City Hall during a meeting with the county government employees.

Sakaja also directed the City Inspectorate to identify official drop-off and pick-up points within the city for boda boda and online taxis to operate from without interfering to avoid harassment.

However, Sakaja seems to have overlooked the fact that most of the motorbikes were impounded by the National Government for various reasons, including involvement in criminal activities.