Seven counties have benefited from ambulances that have been purchased by the government from cash recovered from the “Chicken gate” scandal.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Monday issued the seven counties with the ambulances purchased using money recovered from a United Kingdom company, Smith & Ouzman, which was found guilty of bribery to win a ballot materials contract for the 2013 general polls.
The head of state said that the ambulances will help support the health referral system in the seven counties.
Governors Joshua Irungu, (Laikipia), Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir), Simon Kachapin (West Pokot), Julius Malombe (Kitui), Evans Kidero (Nairobi) and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) received the ambulances on behalf of their counties.
“These Ambulances will go a long way in saving lives and enhancing emergency response services in the selected Counties which were in dire need of this support,” said the President.
President Kenyatta said Kenya was working hand in hand with the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Jersey governments on a tripartite agreement-Framework for the Return of Assets from Corruption and Crime in Kenya (FRACCK).
He further added that the proceeds of corruption arising from Chicken gate scandal was a significant achievement by the Government of Kenya and that of United Kingdom in ensuring that corruption does not pay.