Prisons purchases 30 ambulances

Monday February 22 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the Kenya Prisons Service personnel at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru, Kiambu County, on February 16, 2016. The department has bought ambulances to serve prisoners and warders. PHOTO | PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects the Kenya Prisons Service personnel at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru, Kiambu County, on February 16, 2016. The department has bought ambulances to serve prisoners and warders. PHOTO | PSCU 

By STELLA CHERONO
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The Prisons Department has acquired 30 ambulances to be distributed among various prisons in the country to cater to the welfare of inmates when they fall ill.

Assistant Commissioner General of Prisons, David Macharia said the vehicles are part of Treasury’s allocation to security agencies.

“We have allocated the vehicles to the prisons, depending on their need. We prioritized the prisons that did not also get vehicles during the last distribution,” Mr Macharia said.

They will be dispatched in the course of the week.

“We expect additional vehicles in the Prisons Department, but for now, we have received only ambulances. They are still in Nairobi, they have been branded and are set for dispatch,” he said.

During the last budget, the treasury allocated a total of Sh223 billion to the security agencies, among them the Ministry of Defence, the National Intelligence Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the National Police Service.

Sh7.7 billion was allocated for lease financing of police and prisons vehicles, Sh10 billion for police security modernization and Sh1.7 billion for police medical insurance scheme.