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Prisons owe suppliers KES 18 million in accumulated bills

20 August 2015, 09:33 Steven Njuguna

Nyahururu - Nyandarua County's Prison Department owes suppliers KES 18 million in accumulated bills for the 2014/2015 financial year that is affecting service delivery.

The County Prison Commander, David Ndumu said Thomson Falls main prison owes KES 15 million while Nyandarua prison owe KES 3 million to suppliers of food and firewood.

In his report presented to the County service delivery coordination meeting in Ol Kalou town Wednesday, Ndumu blamed the huge bills to late and inadequate funding.

He appealed to the National government to promptly provide sufficient funds to counter immense challenges facing the correctional institutions in the region.

The Commander told the meeting that Nyandarua prison has 145 acres of land but only 45 are under cultivation due to inadequate funding.

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He added that the facilities faced numerous challenges citing congestion particularly in the remand section of Thomson Falls main prison, lack of medical facilities within Nyandarua prison, inadequate and dilapidated staff houses that demoralized staff.

He cited other hindrances as poor drainage system at Thomson Falls main prison, impassable roads during the rainy season to Nyandarua prison especially at Kibathi bridge, inadequate farm tools and inadequate staffing among others.

“The government intends to construct staff houses to address housing shortage though the same is taking too long to implement,” he said.

He called on the Kenya Rural Road Authority to develop road in the area, especially at the bridges.

Ndumu requested for funding to expand the remand section at Thomson falls main prison, which should be sourced from the prison headquarters, the county government or the Constituency Development Fund.

He added that the government has already recruited prison warders who are undergoing training at Ruiru Prisons College to address staff shortage.

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