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Senate wants Mandera ambulance deal investigated

The Senate has raised questions about the transparency of a deal between Mandera county government and the Kenya Red Cross Society for the provision of specialist ambulance services for medical referrals.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 23 May 2016 15:48 EAT

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The Senate has raised questions about the transparency of a deal between Mandera county government and the Kenya Red Cross Society for the provision of specialist ambulance services for medical referrals.

The Senate Committee on Finance and Budget, chaired by Mandera senator Billow Kerrow, wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate the deal, saying Mandera County government did not comply with procurement laws when it entered the deal.

The committee’s decision is contained in a report by the committee which was tabled before the House last week. It is based on a petition filed in the Senate by a resident of the county, Abdulsalam Dakane, concerning misappropriation of funds in the county.

In his petition, Dakane had requested the Senate to freeze any non-emergency and non-salary funds of the counties shareable revenue. It also wants the senate to conduct a special audit with regard to the management of funds allocated to the county for the last two financial years with specific focus on hundreds of millions shillings transferred to private accounts through the manipulation of IFMIS systems, cash flows problems with some suppliers and contractors not being paid for the last one year.

Among other things, Dakane had petitioned the Senate to investigate the county for taking over national government functions in the county and was busy allocating funds for such functions. Dakane also accuses the county government of lacking transparency and adherence to the procurement law, irregularities in the procurement of purchase for motor vehicle and lack of vehicle inspection reports.

The petition also claims that all projects being undertaken by the county do not comply with Nema's Environmental Impact Assessment; that the county has incurred unnecessary expenditure on security and that there is no public participation in the implementation of projects as required by law.

“The committee recommends that EACC investigates the procurement process employed in leasing the ambulances the ambulances from Red Cross,” the report says.

In his petition, Dakane had said the county government single sourced the deal, under which Mandera County pays the Red Cross Sh600,000 every month.

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