PROBE

City MCAs question decision to have county cars fuelled at Gigiri

MCAs say shift to Gigiri is a tiresome and time-consuming exercise.

In Summary

• Transport committee tasked to report on reasons for the reservation of fueling services to only one petrol station in Gigiri and the breakdown of the county's garage services in Industrial Area.

• The committee should also table documents of the procurement process by which the county decided on the one Shell fuelling station and the documents for that approval.

Attendants at a petrol station./FILE
Attendants at a petrol station./FILE

Nairobi MCAs have raised concerns over the recent change of scheme of county vehicles travelling several kilometres to fuel in Gigiri.

This is despite the county government owning a garage instead of the Industrial Area intended to be used for the same purpose and servicing.

Raising the alarm, County Assembly Majority Whip Paul Kados explained that the administration of fueling services and garage services for county vehicles was well administered in the defunct city council, whose arrangement made it easy for the operation of county vehicles, even for cortical services such as fire and emergencies.

“This system was inherited by the County in 2013. The county had a garage for its vehicles in Industrial Area, and a fueling station with six pumps and tanks for all its vehicles and their operations, “ he noted.

However, in recent days it was revealed that county vehicles, including fire trucks and bulldozers and other critical services, have been making a journey to Gigiri before embarking on and works across the county

“Hon Speaker, this was however changed at some point, and repair services opened to other players while fueling is now reserved for one Petrol Station in Gigiri., “ Kados added.

The Majority Whip who doubles as Mihang’o MCA highlighted that the shift from the Industrial Area to Gigiri is a tiresome and time-consuming exercise that was costing the county man-hours and public funds.

Through a statement, he requested the County Assembly Transport Committee through the chairperson to inquire and report on the reasons for the reservation of fueling services to only one petrol station in Gigiri and the breakdown of the county's garage services in the Industrial Area.

The committee should also table documents of the procurement process by which the county decided on the one Shell fuelling station and the documents for that approval thereto.

“The committee of Transport should report on the ownership of the said petrol station and whether there is any evidence of conflict of interest or corruption for such an irregularity,” reads the statement.

A comprehensive list of all county vehicles as of 2020-21 and their service history and fueling costs, in summary, showing the difference in efficiencies if any, between the county-run fueling, garage services and the use of private providers such as the petrol station in Gigiri should also be tabled.

Lastly, the committee is also expected to highlight measures being put in place to ensure the county fueling station at Industrial Area is operational and the garage fully working if the two broke down.

Edited by D Tarus