DT Dobie to auction AG’s cars over debts

A Mercedes-Benz Actros truck outside the DT Dobie showroom on Lusaka Road. PHOTO | FILE
A Mercedes-Benz Actros truck outside the DT Dobie showroom on Lusaka Road. PHOTO | FILE 

Motor dealer DT Dobie is set to auction vehicles belonging to several government departments including the Office of the Attorney- General 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.

Nairobi and Garissa county governments and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) also risk losing their vehicles.

The vehicle models include Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Patrol, Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Urvan, Nissan Double Cab pick-up and a Mercedes Benz Actros truck.

“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 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 vehicles, Business Daily has established, have been at the DT Dobie’s garage for between six months and two years and have racked up bills running into millions of shillings.

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.

The impending auction raises questions on the accountability of the institutions and their commitment to cut wastage of taxpayers’ cash.

Four years ago hundreds of government vehicles that needed just minor repairs were found to have been rusting away in public parking yards even as the State mounted campaigns to reduce wastage of public funds.

The huge bills accrued by the government institutions whose vehicles are set to be auctioned also put to question efficacy of the government’s policy to lease thousands of vehicles as part of new austerity measures.

The leases adopted by the Jubilee government were intended to include clauses on maintenance which was to be undertaken by the lessors.