Kenya Ferry Service has set Kenyans to pay Ksh300 million in form of tax for the delivery of a new ferry for the Likoni channel after KFS failed to account for the money allocated to facilitate its delivery.
KFS MD Bakari Gowa revealed this on Tuesday when he appeared before National Assembly‘s Transport and Housing Committee after questions were raised as to why Kenyans had to pay more money. The body was allocated Ksh1.8 billion to facilitate for payment of delivery of two ferries; MV Jambo and MV Safari, which were to be assembled in Turkey
The MD failed to account for the amount of money spent on the ferries so far, raising questions in the sitting chaired by Pokot South MP David Pkosing. “I don’t have the figures with me but I can provide them within five minutes,” divulged Bakari.
A contract signed on June 27, 2015, noted that two ferries procured by the government were to be delivered by November 2016. But only one, the MV Jambo, was delivered in August 2017. A case emerged in 2018 after Kenya Ferry Services failed to account for Ksh1.8 billion that had been allocated for the delivery of the two Turkish ferries.