The Isiolo County Government has paid off the dealer, who threatened to repossess the buses owned by two secondary schools in the area.
The buses were acquired from General Motors East Africa on higher purchase in 2016. They were handed over to Bulesa Secondary School and Merti Muslim Girls School.
However, the motor vehicle dealer got hold of the logbooks and number plates in March 2020, and warned of seizing the school buses over defaulted payments.
The buses were procured by former Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo, with the aim of cutting costs and facilitating transportation for the schools. The buses were rarely used due to the confiscation of the buses’ vital documentation by the General Motors East Africa.
There was a futile concerted effort in various instances in 2018 by the schools and the local community, to urge the County Government to clear the vehicles’ arrears
At one particular time, there local community staged demonstrations criticising the incumbent County Government for playing politics over the schools’ buses predicament.
At last, the Bulesa Secondary School Principal Adan Boru, confirmed that the Isiolo County Government had intervened by settling the outstanding arrears owed to the motor vehicle company. He further, said the school has acquired the buses’ logbooks and the number plates.
“Our students will now be able to use the bus and it will ease the transport burden they used to incur,” said Mr Boru while lauding the Nation for highlighting the issue in March last year.
A statement by the Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti, has also indicated that County administration has cleared the pending bills for the buses, and the schools can now use them without impediments.