kemsa file

DPP receives KEMSA report on Sh7.8 billion scandal

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has handed over Kemsa report to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

The DPP, yesterday, appointed a team of prosecutors to review the Sh7.8 billion scandal file submitted to him urging them to undertake an independent and comprehensive review of the documents.

DPP Noordin Haji. Photo Courtesy

Speaking to the media, Haji said the team will submit their findings to him and he will make the decision and inform the public in 14 days.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had given the government agencies 21 days to investigate the alleged loss of funds at Kemsa during the recent hit by Coronavirus. He assured the public to deal with persons got in the scandal not regarding their social status or political affiliations.

EACC detectives raided Kemsa on September 9 and collected computers and other documents in connection to the irregular expenditure of Sh7.8 billion on procurement and fraudulent payments during the purchase and supply of Covid-19 emergency commodities at Kemsa.

This led to the suspension and investigation of Kemsa’s CEO Jonah Manjari, Commercial Director Eliud Muriithi and Procurement Director Charles Juma. The board appointed Edward Njoroge Njuguna as the acting CEO while George Walukana and Edward Buluma as the commercial and procurement directors respectively.

However, Manjari has maintained that he received instructions from Health CS Mutahi Kagwe but the CS has refuted claims saying he was the whistle-blower. In a recent Senate probing, the CS blamed the agency denying giving instructions that led to the breach of procurement procedures.

The Senates Health Committee and Ad Hoc Committee on Covid-19 Situation in Kenya and the National Assembly’s Health Committee are also probing the scandal.

Established as a state corporation under Cap 446, through the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency Order 2000, Kemsa is a specialized Government medical logistics provider for Ministries of Medical Services/Public Health-supported health facilities and programmes in Kenya.

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