The National Assembly Parliamentary Committee on Transport has asked Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC to investigate the Kenya Ferry Services officials over corruption claims.
Speaking after visiting the Kenya Ferry Services headquarters in Mombasa, the committee chairman Maina Kamanda said they have arrived at the decision to allow the anti- graft agency to investigate corruption claims raised by the public .
He said procuring a new ferry was not a long lasting solution as claimed by the Kenya ferry officials but there isurgent needs to repair the existing ferries and put them into good maintenance.
Kamanda said the committee will ask the government to release sh 35 million urgently needed to repair the existing ferries, according to the engineers.
“We had a very crucial meeting with the board, they have briefed us on the challenges and we have come to agreement that solution is not procuring new vessels but the existing ones need high maintenance, “said mr Kamanda.
The Committee was also briefed on the challenges of spare parts for the vessels.
Mr Kamanda said teamwork at the Kenya ferry was a challenge and asked the management to exercise teamwork among the workers for smooth working environment.
He said there was need for each and every government officer to account for the usage of funds, saying some government officials are rough when it comes to proper usage of public funds.
“There are government officers who cannot be trusted when it comes to usage of funds,and that is why we need our government to be assisted,if you are given task by government,do it to your best,don’t be heroes of public funds but be a hero of your work,”said Mr Kamanda.
Committee tour comes barely few days after Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa claimed that corruption at the Kenya ferry management was alarming and called on the anti corruption to investigate.
On Friday , the county commissioner reiterated that he have enough evidence to prove that corruption was rampant at the Kenya ferry services.