MPs to travel abroad to verify purchase of ferries

A ferry in Mombasa, Likoni./file

Nairobi, KENYA: Parliamentary committee on transport has vowed to send its members abroad to verify if the purchase of two ferries into the country is real or fake.

Chair of the committee David Pkosing directed the principal secretary in the ministry of transport Esther Koimet to necessitate the travel of five members of that committee and clerk from the National Assembly to go abroad to verify whether the process of purchasing of the two new ferries is real or is just a mere hoax.

Pkosing and committee reached into the agreement after Managing Director of Kenya Ferry services Hamisi Bakari Gowa, who appeared before the committee, failed to convince them on the purchase of the ferries.

Earlier, Gowa had told the committee that the purchase of the two ferries is on course saying that the first one will arrive in Mombasa in the next three and half months or so.

But the committee downplayed Gowa’s component saying that they are uneasy with the deal after it emerged that the second ferry has been rocked with court injuctions and price variations amounting to sh.300 million.

The purchase of the two ferries amounting close to shs 1.8 billion from Turkey has been surrounded with controversy.

The members were also angered with the delay of the acquisition of the ferries thus inconveniencing coastal residents.