The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has dismissed reports that it participated in the procurement of 45 vehicles in the Sh631m government vehicle leasing programme.
NTSA chairman Lee Kinyanjui on Tuesday said that the vehicles had been allocated to the Authority as part of the leasing programme.
“Our attention has been drawn to the alarming impression being created that the authority undertook the direct leasing of the vehicles,” said Mr Kinyanjui.
The vehicles, which include stations wagons and ambulances, are being delivered to the NTSA by Peugeot’s dealer in Kenya, Urysia, which was contracted to supply 300 vehicles to various government agencies.
“The government is implementing the motor vehicle leasing plan, with an aim of cutting transport costs,” added Mr Kinyanjui.
The Sh631 million deal will see Urysia supply Peugeot vehicles to the Ministry of Health, Kenya Prisons and the Solicitor General’s office.
NTSA director general Francis Meja on Tuesday said most of the vehicles will be used in Nairobi metropolitan.
“This is the first time we are receiving vehicles under this lease programme. The vehicles shall go a long way in improving our competences,” said Mr Meja.
According to the authority, the leasing programme will help agencies “avoid the upfront huge expenses of buying vehicles.”
The authority said that the car dealers have committed to service the vehicles for a period of four years.