The Interior ministry has denied reports that it has failed to pay suppliers who delivered food and other items to prisons and other correctional facilities.
The no-nonsense Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i-led ministry said it had established that most of those demanding to be paid are not real suppliers.
In a statement issued in Nairobi, the ministry said that a multi-agency team had established that none of the outstanding claims was genuine.
“We commissioned a multi-agency task force comprising the EACC, DCI, State Law Office, the National Treasury and internal auditors to go through the claims.”
“The verdict of the multi-agency task force was that none could be settled,” the statement signed by Interior Principal Secretary Zeinab A. Hussein said.
She explained that to ensure fairness to all the parties, the multi-agency team designed a 10-point criteria to help identify real suppliers. None of the distributors passed the test.
The ministry said it had written to the National Treasury suggesting that the outstanding claims be looked into by the pending bills closing committee for further verification and final settlement.
“The claimants should await the outcome of the exercise by the National Treasury Inter-Agency Pending Bills Closing Committee.”
The State Department assured that all valid claims would be met in due time.
Last weekend, the suppliers met in Nairobi to express their disappointment with the government’s failure to pay them.
Some claimed they had not been paid since 2009 despite delivering goods.
Others said their property been auctioned by banks and other lenders for failing to pay debts.
Last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all pending bills to be paid to improve cash flow in the country.