Suspended KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari told the Senate that he used to receive instructions from health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Health PS Susan Mochache mostly phone calls and text messages on who to award tenders to.
KEMSA board chair Kembi Gitura and Jonah Manjari KEMSA CEO appeared before the heated Senate hearing where they were quick to distance themselves for misappropriation of Covid 19 funds and resources.
However senator Ledama Ole Kina clashed with Board chair when former Muranga County senator Kembi Gitura told the Senate that
“Were it not for that letter from Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission asking us to suspend the three officers to allow
investigation we could not have done so because as far as am concerned there is nothing wrong the KEMSA CEO did.”
Ledama lost his control and expressed fury brushing of Gitura’s attempts to cover up the mess at Afya House.
“Don’t take us as if we are fools or stupid. We know what we are dealing with. Don’t show me that smirk… When we ask you questions about procurement please answer. This is an emotive case.”
This comes after a local media house aired a documentary #Covid19Millionaires exposé of how Covid 19 funds were embezzled.
Board Chairperson Kembi Gitura said the senior officials will remain suspended until the ongoing investigation in concluded.
The board appointed Edward Njoroge Njuguna as the acting CEO while Edward Buluma and George Walukana will assume the roles of procurement and commercial directors respectively.
Gitura said KEMSA will cooperate with the EACC to ensure the probe in concluded in a timely manner.