Seven counties have received ambulances purchased with cash recovered from a British firm that bribed electoral and examinations council officials to win government tenders.

President Uhuru Kenyatta handed over the ambulances at State House yesterday, ending the standoff on how the cash should be used.

The purchase of the ambulances from forfeited bribes ends the British government push to buy bed nets for pregnant mothers and children in malaria-prone areas, saying this would spread the benefits to most Kenyans and comes with few operating costs.

Kenya insisted on ambulances and Laikipia, Wajir, West Pokot, Kitui, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nairobi are the beneficiaries.

Mr Kenyatta said the repatriation shows that “corruption does not pay and that the corrupt do not enjoy proceeds of crime”.

A London court ordered that £349,057.39 — equivalent to the hefty bribes dished to the IEBC and Knec officials for printing contracts — be repatriated to Kenya.

UK firm Smith & Ouzman dished the bribes.