IEBC leads as planning department follows in rotten car race

Economy

IEBC leads as planning department follows in rotten car race


Auditor General Nancy Gathungu. PICTURES | LUCY WANJIRU | NMG

The electoral agency is among the state entities with the highest number of vehicles immobilized, which shows how government cars continue to rot in parking lots.

The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has 86 broken down motor vehicles, three motor boats and a forklift, all languishing in parking lots.

The planning department, which is housed in the Treasury and should guide the government in the prudent use of resources, had 60 motor vehicles of which 23 or 38 percent were grounded.

Five also rot at Culture and Heritage while two rot at the Ministry of the Interior.

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu raised the red flag on ground motor vehicle management, noting that details of specific faults were not provided for the audit.

“Without proper records containing details of ground vehicles, it has not been possible to confirm the effective management of ground vehicles, which may continue to deteriorate, resulting in the loss of any salvage value that would have been achieved through the elimination of motor vehicles,” Ms. Gathungu said.

She said a review of motor vehicle ownership and valuation at the IEBC found the commission had 256 motor vehicles, three motor boats and two popular lifts.

“However, review of the Motor Vehicle Condition Report as of June 30, 2021 revealed that…86 motor vehicles, three motor boats and a popular lift were grounded, with some out of service and inactive for over three years,” Ms Gathungu said. .

At Planning, Ms Gathungu said the motor vehicle register provided for the audit lacked crucial information about grounded vehicles.

“Additionally, details of specific faults and fault duration, logbooks and work tickets for these ground vehicles were not provided for audit verification,” she said in a report covering the 2020/21 financial year.

Five vehicles, including two VW Passats and two Peugeot 504 and 406 sedans belonging to Culture et Patrimoine are immobilized in the CMC, NSSF and Urysia garages.

In 2013, the government shifted to leased vehicles, particularly for the police, in an effort to cut costs. This avoids the huge initial capital involved if they chose to purchase the vehicles.

Ms Gathungu said the failure of the State Planning Department to provide crucial details of grounded motor vehicles is against regulations governing the use of public transport.

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