Sonko unearths scandal involving county ambulances, fire engines


Sonko unearths scandal involving county ambulances, fire engines
One of the Nairobi County Ambulances repaired on Tuesday, February 6.

In Summary

  • The Nairobi County Government has unearthed a cartel involving the County's Fleet and Mechanical Department that has been siphoning millions from public coffers.
  • This was discovered after the department sent the Governor a quotation of Ksh2.3 million to repair three ambulances at the Mama Lucy Hospital in Embakasi.
  • The three ambulances had reportedly remained grounded for the last two years for allegedly being faulty.

The Nairobi County Government has unearthed a cartel involving the County’s Fleet and Mechanical Department that has been siphoning millions from public coffers.

Governor Mike Sonko established that the department tasked with repairing and maintaining vehicles at City Hall has been grounding county ambulances and fire engines pretending they have mechanical problems and thereafter demand millions of shillings to repair the vehicles.

This was discovered after the department sent the Governor a quotation of Ksh2.3 million to repair three ambulances at the Mama Lucy Hospital in Embakasi.

A source close to the Governor indicated that on receiving the inflated quotation, the Governor asked the City Hall engineers to repair the ambulances, which were donated by the Chinese government.

The three ambulances had reportedly remained grounded for the last two years for allegedly being faulty.

The City Hall engineers are said have revived the ambulances within minutes using only Sh100 bob which was used to buy two fuses for the vehicles.

Last week, the Governor suspended a senior official following the inferno that killed four people and left 14,000 others homeless in the informal settlements of Kijiji in Lang’ata estate, Nairobi.

In a letter dated January 29, 2018 the County Director in Charge of Fire Department, Mr. Brian Chunguli Kisali was instructed to submit a hand over report to the Acting County Secretary and proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect.

Mr. Chunguli was accused of negligence in handling the incident where it is reported four fire engines ran out of water a few minutes after arriving at the scene, leaving the raging inferno to spread.

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