Prisons department’s number plate machines unused for six years

We’ve got an interesting report coming our way! According to the Auditor General, it seems like the machines the prisons department procured for making fancy number plates have been taking a long siesta. Six whole years of inactivity! Can you believe it? It’s like they’ve been on an extended vacation, sipping margaritas on a tropical island while everyone else wonders what the heck is going on.

So, Kamiti Main Prison spent a hefty 15.2 million Kenyan shillings back in 2016 to bring these machines into their lives. But guess what? They haven’t seen the light of day since they were delivered. Talk about a real-life case of “out of sight, out of mind.” I wonder if the machines have been watching Netflix and ordering takeout during their downtime. Maybe they needed a break from churning out number plates. Who knows?

But that’s not all. Auditor General Nancy Gathungu has some more concerns up her sleeve. She’s raising an eyebrow at a three-year contract signed in 2017 for the supply and delivery of motor vehicle number plate blanks. The question on everyone’s mind is, what’s the fuss about? We’re not exactly sure what Ms. Gathungu is questioning regarding this contract and the accompanying raw materials. It’s like a mystery waiting to be solved.

Now, get ready for the twist! The raw materials for the motor vehicle number plate blanks, which were part of that contract we just mentioned, are chilling at Kamiti Prisons Industries. They’re just sitting there, waiting for their big moment. But here’s the thing—we don’t know why they haven’t been used or what they were originally meant for. Maybe they’re patiently waiting for their chance to shine, like Cinderella’s glass slipper.

According to Ms. Gathungu, there’s a court case in the mix. Milimani High Court is playing host to a battle between a tech company and the Principal Secretary of the State Department for Correctional Services. What’s at stake, you ask? Well, it’s all about that supply and delivery of motor vehicle number plate blanks. The case has a fancy number—E321 of 2020—and it’s demanding either specific performance of the contract or a nice chunk of compensation worth a cool 1.05 billion Kenyan shillings. Wowza! We don’t know the nitty-gritty details or the juicy circumstances behind this case, but it sounds like a courtroom showdown.


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