Donors at task to explain how Meru fire engine ended up in Kisumu
SEE ALSO :County tourism benefits from devolutionA total of 19 fire fighters and emergency staff from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Fire Service and the East Anglian Ambulance Service have been training staff from the three counties and Mombasa on modern firefighting and emergency services alongside the presentation of the machines. According to Atandi who works with the former Hertfordshire Fire Service manager Raymond Willets in sourcing the machines from donors in the United Kingdom explained that Meru county was their logistics centre for the project and the distribution centre once they arrived in the country. “We therefore indicate on the paperwork for shipment that the machines are headed for Meru though once they are in Kenya each county is incharge of payment of duty and customs for their respective vehicle which is in the region of Sh1 million,” Atandi told the Standard. According to the Bedford based Kenyan, some of the engines which were donated yesterday had an 1800 litre capacity and would help the benefiting counties bridge their wanting emergency response capability. He said Meru was chosen as the logistics centre because of his long relationship with Kiraitu which started with a donation of a fire engine to Nkubu Township in 2007 during his tenure as the South Imenti MP.
SEE ALSO :Regional bank faces opposition“We in Meru are not open to such kind of games,” said Ntuchiu. “We are led by a responsible governor in charge of a responsible team. Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o has been under pressure from Kenyans to explain how he received the Meru county branded fire engine. Photos posted by his press service showed the Kisumu City Manager Ms Dorice Ombara posing for a photo beside the engine bearing the name Meru. Social media was aflame with the romours that Kisumu had been hoodwinked after the photos went viral. According to Mr Atandi, only counties that commit to employing a staff of six for each donated fire engine and to maintain the vehicle benefit from the project.