Govt Announces Mass Auction of Cars, Motorbikes at Police Stations; How to Bid

A photo of vehicles set for auction at the Port of Mombasa.
A photo of vehicles set for auction at the Port of Mombasa on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA)

Two Chief Magistrate Courts on Friday, April 14, directed owners of private cars and motorbikes lying at various police stations to collect them within thirty days or risk losing the property through public auction.

Chief Magistrates at Isiolo and Kwale law courts ordered that the private property be collected by their owners by Sunday, May 14, 2023, failure to which they will be auctioned.

The two courts asked Officers Commanding Station (OCS) from Merti and Diani to allow auctioneers to put the property on the market for the highest possible bidders in accordance with the law.

"Notice is issued pursuant to the provisions of the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act (Cap. 38) of the laws of Kenya and following authority and order under Miscellaneous Criminal Case No. E002 of 2022 and Miscellaneous Case No. E26 of 2022.

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A file of cars parked at a yard in Mombasa, Kenya on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
Lettie Auctioneers

"The notice is issued by the Chief Magistrate’s Court at Isiolo Law Courts and Chief Magistrate’s Court at Kwale Law Courts to the owners of motorcycles and motor vehicles which are lying idle and unclaimed within Merti and Diani Police Stations, to collect the said motorcycles and motor vehicles at the said
police stations within thirty (30) days from the date of this publication of this notice," read the Gazette notice in part.

In particular, the courts authorised OCS to work with auctioneers identified as Aztec to start auctioning the property from Monday, May 15, 2023.  

"Failure to which Aztec Auctioneers, Nairobi, shall proceed to dispose of the said motorcycles and motor vehicles by way of public auction." read part of the Gazette Notice.

Aztec Auctioneers will conduct the auctioning on behalf of Merti and Diani Police Stations if the property remains uncollected and unclaimed.

The Gazette Notice also stated that there were fifteen motorcycles at Merti Police Station while fifteen other cars were also parked at Diani Police Station.

In the Gazette Notice, the two courts also ordered the publication of registration and chassis numbers for unclaimed motor vehicles and motorcycles.

How to Bid:

Through a Gazette Notice, Aztec Auctioneers will invite bidders on a specific date, during which they will be required to present themselves to either Diani or Merti Police Stations.

As a requirement, the bidders will be asked to pay an advanced fee of Ksh5,000 to Aztech Auctioneers.

The bidders will then be given bidding documents which will be filled including the specific property which they intend to bid for.

The bidding documents will then be filed with the auctioning company and supervised by the OCS for Merti and Diani Police Stations.

As provided in law, the property will be taken away by the highest bidder. 

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Cars being auctioned at Mombasa Port on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021.
Mombasa Car Auction