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EACC Raids Kemsa Offices Over Sh7.8 Billion Scam

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers on Wednesday morning raided Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

Reports indicate that the officers raided the premises, locked the gates. Employees were not allowed to leave the premises.

The officers are said to have taken with them computers.

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Kemsa is on the spot for the loss of billions meant for the procurement of medical equipment in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The board chaired by former Murang’a senator Kembi Gitura has been before the National Assembly Committee on Health alongside suspended CEO Jonah Manjari.

Manjari recently dismissed reports that money was lost during his tenure while the board spent hours at the EACC headquarters on Tuesday.

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“Under my watch, no money was lost and I did not oversee any loss of funds. All commodities supplied have been utilised and those not utilised are intact,” he said.

Six of the board members spent at least 8 hours with the investigators explaining the loss of COVID-19 funds.

The state agency is said to have used Sh7.8 billion against a Sh750 million budget.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 26 gave investigative agencies 21 days to conclude investigations into the alleged loss.

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He also ordered the Ministry of Health to publish online Kemsa tenders for transparency within 30 days.

“I also hereby direct that the Ministry of Health, within the next 30 days, must come up with a transparent, open method and mechanism through which all tenders and procurement done by KEMSA are available online.

“This level of transparency and through the use of technology, will go a very along way in ensuring that we have the confidence of our people that those placed in institutions are able to manage the resources of the Kenyan taxpayer plus our development partners in an open and transparent manner,” Kenyatta said.


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