Motor dealer DT Dobie is planning to auction several vehicles belonging to the Kenyan government over debts
The vehicles is made of models such as Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Patrol, Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Urvan, Nissan Double Cab pick-up and a Mercedes Benz Actros truck.
The vehicles belonging to several government ministries including the Office of the Attorney- General are set to be auctioned to recover garage bills.
The dealer has also given Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Environment and Immigration Department a 90-day auction notice if their vehicles are not collected and outstanding repair and storage bills cleared.
“Failure to comply with the obligation to take delivery as stipulated above, DT Dobie will sell the said motor vehicles either by public auction or private treaty,” Wilson Musyoka, the dealer’s credit manager, states in the notice.
The vehicles made of models such as Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Patrol, Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Urvan, Nissan Double Cab pick-up and a Mercedes Benz Actros truck have been at the DT Dobie’s garage for between six months and two years, racking up bills running into millions of shillings.
“The proceeds of the sale shall be defrayed against all the accrued charges. The balance if any shall remain to the owners’ credit but should there be a shortfall, the owners shall be liable.” The notice stated as reported by a local business daily.
Some of the vehicles were brought in for repairs but have not been claimed even after works were completed. Others were booked for assessment but their owners neither gave the go-ahead for works to commence nor collect them.
Coming just four years ago when hundreds of government vehicles that needed just minor repairs were found rusting away in public parking yards, the impending auction raises questions on the accountability of the institutions and their commitment to cut wastage of taxpayers’ cash.
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