On a Thursday 26th September, City police have launched a clampdown on all boda boda operators in Nairobi’s Central Business District in an operation that has left motorcyclists crying foul as their motorcycles get impounded at the Central Police Station.
The motorcyclists have told of their ordeal and castigated the police operation. They called it illegal since they were not given a reason why their motorcycles were being taken away as well as the excessive force used during the process.
“Several members’ motorcycles have been impounded by the police and some of our members are in hospital after they were beaten up by the police,”Chairman of the boda boda umbrella body Thomas Lesatin said.
The operation continued on the preceding day sparing no Duthi operator within the CBD .According Mr Lesatin, a group of rowdy motorcyclists, who he claimed were not registered under their body, got involved in a scuffle with the police resulting in the clampdown from Thursday evening to Friday as police retaliated.
“The police are indiscriminate in this operation and are arresting everyone including the innocent ones who were not part of the rowdy group,” the chairman of the umbrella body said.
Collins Oyier, owner of a motorcycle impounded by the police, questioned the legality of his company’s motorcycle being held by the police despite being cleared to operate in the CBD.
“My motorcycle was clamped in Mbagathi road which is far away from the CBD. I can no longer service the loan I used to get it and I am not going anywhere until they give it back to me. I have no means of feeding my family,” he said.
Led by the Central Police Station OCPD, Stanley Atavachi, the police body has denied claims that some motorcycles were confiscated outside the CBD. He further accused the boda boda operators of being violent whenever approached by the police.