Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has raised concern over KSh 65 million that was spent by Kenya Prisons in the last two years to buy stationery. The tough talking CS could not comprehend what the money was spent on and what the inmates were reading or writing that would cost taxpayers KSh 65 million.
Speaking on Monday, February 24, during the 2020 SME conference in Nairobi, the CS urged the entrepreneurs to help in the fight against corruption in the government. According to Matiang'i, both the government and private sector were to blame for runaway corruption especially in the supply of goods to public institutions.
"When I look at a pending bill from prisons department indicating that one supplier supplied stationery worth KSh 65 million in two years, what would the inmates have been writing and using stationery for?' posed the CS.
The government has tightened the noose on county governments especially requiring them to pay all pending bills before they receive more money from the Treasury. However, Matiangi's sentiments were received differently with some Kenyans expressing it was possible for government to spend such amount of money while others were of the opinion someone may have swindled taxpayers in the deal.
This article was originally posted ok Tuko.