Cost of 30 Trucks Was Inflated, Say Nairobi MCAs

Nairobi MCAs yesterday called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the procurement of 30 garbage collection trucks at a cost of Sh252 million.

There was heated debate in the assembly when the response to a statement requested by nominated MCA Leah Mumo on the cost of procuring the trucks was tabled. Out of 30 trucks and one wheel loader bought from Foton East Africa in the 2013-2014 financial year, only 23 trucks are operational.

Seven have broken down. The statement from acting county secretary Gregory Mwakanongo said four rucks have no drivers. Mumo and other MCAs said it was not advisable to buy 30 trucks at Sh252 million, insisting the cost was inflated. Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee chairperson Benson Amutavi said the answers given by the executive were unsatisfactory. Viwandani MCA Samwel Nyangwara and nominated MCA Karen Wanjiku said the price of the trucks does not match the existing market price for similar trucks.

“The relevant state agencies, including the Public Accounts Committee, should conduct a thorough inquiry on the matter to ascertain whether the county got value for money,” Mumo said.

Last year, Governor Evans Kidero unveiled the trucks at Uhuru Park in a ceremony filled with pomp and colour. Each of the 17 constituencies in Nairobi received a garbage truck.