The cabinet has agreed to pay suppliers of the Prisons Department and the National Youth Service (NYS) their pending bills.
According to a statement from the State House, the cabinet has discussed and agreed to set aside a special fund of Sh14 billion to pay the genuine suppliers.
“On pending bills, the Cabinet was briefed on the status outstanding payments in the Prisons Department and the National Youth Service and resolved to set up a Sh14 billion special fund to settle genuine suppliers,” read part of the statement.
The move comes after the suppliers complained that they have been suffering after the department refused to pay their pending bills.
Some suppliers even added that they had sold their properties to stay afloat as they have been auctioned by financial institutions.
Correctional services Principal Secretary Zeinab Hussein had earlier on claimed that she had referred the matter to the National Treasury Pending Bills Closing Committee to carefully and diligently analyze the claims in order to give its final verdict.
“The claimants should be patient and wait for the results of the exercise,” She had said.
Meanwhile, the prisons department has expressed its confidence that it’s ready with the required measures to guard over 54, 000 convicts and the remanded against the spread of the dreaded coronavirus (COVID19).
The department maintained that all the 107 correctional facilities across the country have sufficient food rations that can last the prisoners through the global pandemic.
In a bid to curb the current global menace, the department has also introduced strict protocols among them disinfecting vehicles and ensuring high standards of hygiene are observed by suppliers who bring other necessary commodities into the prisons.
PS Hussein also noted that they had suspended all visits to prison lines, youth corrective training centers, and borstal institutions for 30 days as measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Visitors will not be allowed at our correctional facilities as a precautionary measure to reduce face-to-face conduct and interaction with the civilian population. This order has also been extended to the prison staff,” He said.
During the lockdown, the prisons will be conducting routine tests on the inmates and also put up enough hand washing points at all the facilities.
Also, Athi River GK Prison would be continually producing and supplying detergents, soaps, and sanitizers to ensure there is an uninterrupted supply of the same in all prisons across the country.