Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has today moved to distance himself from the corruption scandal at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
The government agency is currently under investigation for how the covid-19 billion funds.
While appearing before the National Assembly Health Committee under the chairmanship of Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege, the CS said only KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari has himself to blame for the skewed procurement process that led to loss of billions.
Kagwe further told the committee that he indeed sent instructions to the CEO over the use of the covid-19 funds, arguing that it was his job to do so.
“It’s my job to put people under pressure so that they can produce the results we are looking for. It’s not my job to advise anybody against anything they are not supposed to do, and in the event that I told a CEO to do something that is against the law or something they are not comfortable with, he should have said give me that in writing,” Kagwe said.
While laying all the blame squarely on Manjari, Kagwe argued that the KEMSA CEO should answer for himself, noting that ‘his poor management and disregard for procurement laws’ should be investigated.
He said that he did not pressure Mr. Manjari to flout the laid down procurement rules and regulations as claimed by the CEO.
“When you go wrong you don’t go wrong because the CS told you to go wrong, you go wrong because you are a poor manager and you don’t know how to manage and use the laws on procurement,” said Kagwe
Refuted Claims PPEs Were Sold to Tanzania
Regarding the allegations that some unscrupulous individuals sold the donated PPEs from Jack Ma to Tanzanian government, he rubbished the reports doing rounds on media arguing that a country free of corona could not have been sold the kits.
The Health CS and his Permanent Secretary Susan Mochache have for the past few days come under tight scrutiny after KEMSA CEO said the two had been pressuring him through phone calls and texts on how to procure the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
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