MPs reject Tobiko's vehicle funding proposal
14 May 2015, 09:43
Nairobi – The Director of Public Persecution (DPP), Keriako Tobiko’s proposal to buy 112 vehicles at KES 5 million each to facilitate his office hit a snag as MPs rejected his plea.
Tobiko who appeared before the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs committee to defend budgetary requisition to his office complained that his institution has experienced a lot of operational challenges due to inadequate funds to acquire enough facilities and manpower.
He said that the government has left out the Public Prosecutions organ in the ongoing financial empowerment of judicial and security organs, and warned that such negligence will affect its service delivery.
“It would be futile to strengthen one arm without considering the other. We need an equitable empowerment of these organs such that as we empower the Judiciary we also look at the investigative agents,” said Tobiko.
He told the committee chaired by Ainabkoi MP, Samuel Chepkonga, that while his office has gradually moved to replace police prosecutors with over 600 lawyer prosecutors to date, he still requires more funds to ensure prosecution services are fully devolved to all sub-counties.
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Githunguri MP, who opposed the DPP’s proposal for motor vehicle funding said, “If we give them money to buy cars, very soon they will bring here budgets for maintenance. They also need to move to the new government policy of hiring vehicles.”
The committee therefore resolved that Tobiko should consider hiring vehicles for his officers by adhering to the government’s current government policy of hiring transport services instead of purchasing them.
Tobiko’s other proposal seeking funding to move from their current NSSF Building and lease new offices, which would cost KES 99 million annually, was rejected by the committee as it advised him purchase the facility other than incurring huge costs from the lease.
The DPP said operating from NSSF Building which they pay KES 72 million annual rent was risky considering the nature of his institution’s work, and needed to move to a house that does not harbor any other operations.
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