A Garissa based local bank has towed away seven (7) buses bought by the former county government over unpaid debts.
The buses were bought in 2016 during former governor Nathif Jama’s tenure for boarding secondary schools within the county.
The incident has paralysed student’s transportation in the affected schools. Following this development, teachers and parents who spoke to KNA on phone expressed their frustrations over the unfortunate turn of events.
We use the buses to transport students during opening and closing days as well as taking them to events. This was safe and convenient for our schools. We don’t know what to do, said Dertu head teacher, Nur Aden during the school’s price giving day.
Commenting on the same, Garissa Governor Ali Korane said the previous administration exaggerated the prices of the buses and the matter was being investigated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Korane claimed that a new bus would go for about Sh6 million but the cost of the seven refurbished buses was S4 million each and the contractor engaged the bank to buy the buses on his behalf.
EACC is investigating circumstances surrounding how the buses were bought because we know the cost was inflated so as to benefit the contractor. Fortunately, the debt owed to the bank is only Sh3 million, Korane said.
The Governor added that the buses were not registered either in the name of the bank or county government but in the name of the company that undertook the contract.
We will discuss with the bank to ensure the buses are returned to their respective schools as soon as possible, he added.
The schools that benefited from the bus donation were Dertu Girls, Haji Idriss girls, Yathrib, Saka girls, Hulugho and Fafi girls.
Source: Kenya News Agency