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Kemsa Scandal Shocker: Director of Company Awarded 4 Billion Tender Claims Not to Recall Names of Bank Signatories

The National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee was on Wednesday shocked after the director of Kilig Limited which was awarded a Sh4 billion contract for Covid-19 PPEs claimed that she could not remember the signatories to the firm’s bank accounts.

The director, Ivy Minyow Onyango, told PIC that she had no information on the signatories to the company’s bank accounts at Equity Bank and SBM Bank.

She has to request for time out to seek the information regarding the bank signatories.

“I need more time to go back to the bank and get the right information. I cannot remember who the signatories were because there was a joint venture for procurement of Covid-19 items. Give me two days to find out the bank signatories,” the 27-year-old lawyer told the PIC.

Kilig Limited director Ivy Onyango. Photo: Nation Media Group

Kilig was awarded a Sh 4 billion tender for the procurement of 450,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits each valued at Sh9,000 to the State-run Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

However, the tender was cancelled after a public outcry on the tendering process.

Answering questions from the Committee, Ms Onyango claimed she could only recall that Kilig had accounts at the two banks but did not know who their signatories were.

“We went into joint venture and opened bank accounts for envisioned transactions. I don’t know if the accounts were closed,” she said.

The claims were quickly dismissed and ordered her to provide a full disclosure of the account holders.

“You cannot do business worth about Sh4 billion and you don’t know the bank account of your company yet you are a sole shareholder. You have portrayed yourself as a wise woman. How can you not know where your bank accounts are yet you chased for this big deal?” PIC chairman Abdulswamad Nassir said.

Shedding more light on her company, the director said that Kilig had various partners, including manufactures and distributors, who came together to deliver the supplies to Kemsa.

Among those named include Tony Gachoka and a Chinese named Zu Jinping who owns Entec Enterprises.

 

 

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