Prisons department’s number plate machines unused for six years

According to a report by the Auditor General, the machines procured by the prisons department for producing modern number plates for motor vehicles have been inactive for the past six years. Kamiti Main Prison’s records indicate that the machines, which were purchased at a cost of 15.2 million Kenyan shillings in 2016, have not been utilized for their intended purpose and have remained idle since their delivery.

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu also raised concerns about a three-year contract for the supply and delivery of motor vehicle number plate blanks, which was signed on November 7, 2017, and the accompanying raw materials that were supplied. It is unclear from the information provided what specifically Ms. Gathungu is questioning about this contract and the supplied raw materials.

According to Ms. Gathungu, the raw materials for the motor vehicle number plate blanks that were supplied as part of the aforementioned contract are currently being stored at Kamiti Prisons Industries. It is not clear from the information provided why these materials have not been used or what their intended purpose is.

According to Ms. Gathungu, there is a case pending at the Milimani High Court involving a technology company and the Principal Secretary of the State Department for Correctional Services regarding the supply and delivery of motor vehicle number plate blanks. The case, numbered E321 of 2020, involves a demand for specific performance of the contract or, alternatively, compensation for the full contract value of 1.05 billion Kenyan shillings. It is not clear from the information provided what the specific details or circumstances of this case are.


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