Nurses Union Boss Panyako Calls For CS Kagwe’s Resignation Following Links To Loss Of COVID-19 Funds

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary General Seth Panyako wants Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and his PS Susan Mochache to resign over the loss of COVID-19 Funds.

Speaking on Sunday, the unionist asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to fire the duo should they decline to resign by Monday.

“Kagwe and Mochache should resign before Monday and if they don’t, President Uhuru should sack them before they do more damage at the ministry,” he said.

Panyako also called for investigations into Sh100 million donated to Kakamega County meant to fight the pandemic.

“We know, we want Oparanya to tell us how this money was used especially since there is no lab to test for coronavirus, there are no reagents yet the money was disbursed,” he added.

Further, the vocal unionist called for a thorough probe into donor funds that have been misappropriated in recent days.

A fortnight ago, USAID and Global Fund threatened to withdraw Sh400 billion funds for Kenya over loss at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

Last week, Kemsa CEO Jonah Manjari was suspended after the agency was found to have procured medical equipment at inflated prices.

Appearing before a senate committee, Mr Manjari dragged Kagwe and Mochache into the mess saying that the procurement decisions came from the ministry.

“We got various requests from the Health CS, the PS Susan Mochache and a member of the Covid-19 Emergency Response Board. The requests were in form of phone calls, text messages and even emails,” said Manjari during a rather heated senate session.

After being roped into the matter, Kenyans have called for Kagwe’s resignation from the ministry of health, a docket he took over in February.

The CS has with little success tried to fight cartels he claims have evaded the very crucial ministry.

“There are those who have penetrated the institution over a long time. We are not talking about people who entered there last month. We are talking about people who are doing what they have done in the last 20 years or so,” Kagwe told a local daily.

In the last four months alone, the CS revealed that he had transferred some 60 senior ranking officials in an effort to weaken the clique.

The EACC and DCI, he said, were probing top officials at his behest.

“As we speak today, DCI is active in the Ministry of Health. The Anti-Corruption  commission is also active at my invitation,” he said.

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