Interior Ministry in Shs 4.6 Billlion Isuzu Vehicles Lease Deal

Interior Ministry in Shs 4.6 Billlion Isuzu Vehicles Lease Deal

The Interior Ministry which is in charge of the National Government Administration Officers received 170 Isuzu D-Max Pickups.

This is part of the 345 Isuzu pickups set to be deployed by the ministry to its officers who include Sub County, County Commissioners and the National Police service.

Local vehicle assembler Isuzu East Africa has already delivered 131 vehicles to the ministry including 80 mu-X SUVs, 47 Pickups and 4 buses.

The entire supply contract with the Ministry of interior comprises of 514 vehicles valued at Ksh 4.6 billion.

Speaking at the handover, Rita Kavashe, Isuzu EA Managing Director said’“Leasing has enabled access to vehicles for the government and other organizations without the burden of the heavy capital injection that comes with asset acquisition”

The Government has since 2013 leased over 3,000 police vehicles in a move aimed at cutting costs and improving police mobility in their daily operations within the country.

The vehicles, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi said the vehicles will be deployed across the country to provide logistics support to national government and administration officials as they continue to deliver services to Kenyans.

“The free movement of people and commodities is a key contributor to the growth and sustainability of the economy, and therefore the well-being of citizens.

This would not be possible without the diligent and dedicated efforts of the Interior Ministry in creating a conducive environment for Kenyans to go about their business.” Matiang’i said

 Ms Kavashe said that the Isuzu vehicles will have access to over 55 authorised service centres countrywide, ensuring quick service and routine maintenance within the Isuzu network. This, she said, has reduced the distance travelled for all leased Isuzu vehicles  need to access service or major repairs.

The Isuzu D-Max is a versatile vehicle which combines a bold stylish design with advanced user functionality and comfort, while retaining Isuzu’s trademark strength, durability, and performance on any road surface.

Ms Kavashe thanked the Ministry for introducing favourable regulation and for buying locally assembled vehicles thereby supporting the the Buy Kenya, Build Kenya vision.

“We are grateful that the National Treasury proposed tax incentives to exempt locally assembled passenger cars from 20% excise duty and 16% VAT. This bold move will spur greater investments leading to the creation of jobs in assembly plants, skills and technology transfer and thus boosting overall growth of our manufacturing sector” Kavashe said

Isuzu chairman Mr Hiroshi Hisatomi said “The vehicle lease deal was a welcome marker for the 5th year anniversary celebrations since Isuzu Motors came into East Africa in mid-2017, taking over ownership of the company from General Motors (GM)”.