Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has ordered that all the motorbikes impounded by the County government be released and given back to its owners.

In the order issued this morning, Sakaja asked the City Inspectorate to also identify official drop off and pick up points within Nairobi,

The cases against the riders whose motorbikes had been impounded will also be withdrawn with immediate effect.

In July, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) had promised to release impounded motorbikes after consultation with the Inspector General of Police.

NMS Director General Mohammed Badi had said that the bikes will be released before the August 9 General Election, admitting that city askaris harass the motorbike riders.

At the same time the new city boss has this morning held a first meeting with all employees of the Nairobi County Government.

The meeting is the first official function by the governor since he assumed office on Thursday last week, as the new head of the county government after winning the August 9 general election.

There have been concerns over disrupting service delivery as city hall workers had last month downed their tools over delayed salaries and wages.

Sakaja has urged the county employees to work diligently, pledging to do his part in making sure they deliver to Nairobi residents.

“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.

The governor further told the County staff that he would ensure their salaries and allowances are paid on time, that they will be equipped with the necessary tools and protected from external forces that often interfere with their work.

“Wonderful start with our county staff this morning. We have listened and are encouraged that the resolve and charge is clear. A city of order and dignity; hope and opportunity for all, ” Governor Sakaja posted on his social media page.

The Nairobi County staff raised a number of issues that they want the new administration to address. Top on their list was promotions that had stagnated for years.

Some 1600 nurses contacted by Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) expressed concern that they would be sent away after their contract expire.

The Governor assured them they would all be absorbed since the functions that had been transferred NMS would revert to the County Government.

Sakaja added that the 9400 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) will be put on a monthly stipend.