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Uhuru Fires Entire Board Over Covid-19 Scandal

President Uhuru Kenyatta has dissolved the entire National Quality Control Laboratory board that was implicated in the COVID-19 scandal.

NTV reported on Saturday evening, October 17, that the Head of State had sent home nine members of the board which included William Mwatu, John Sitienei, Irene Kamanja, Georgina Muchai, Lilian Balusi, Hellen Okioma, Paul Mutua, Simon Muigai and Edith Wakori.

The NQCL board and the Ministry of Health have been at loggerheads since 2019 after most of the members resisted transfers.

The board members were being accused of using public money in pursuing their own interests.

Chief State Counsel James Mwenda in a memo dated June 5, implicated the NQCL Chief Executive Officer, Hezekiel Chepkwony and his deputy Pius Wanjala in corruption and coverups in the ministry.

The two were accused of standing in the way of the Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe who was implementing corrective measures to improve efficiency in service delivery.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. [Courtesy]
According to the report, Chepkwony and Wanjala were the rogue suspects who have been doing their best to stop the EACC from conducting investigations into the alleged corruption at AFYA House.

They were further accused of breaching the Public Officer Ethics Act and the Employment Act Number 11 of 2007 while conducting their duties.
The two were reportedly posted to other stations severally but declined to be transferred.

The report further faulted the National Quality Assurance Laboratory and its board for misusing public money and being unable to develop and implement a disciplinary code of conduct.

Other senior officers at the Ministry who resisted being transferred are Morekwa Murang’a and Fridah Govedi who is the head of the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service.

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