Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had a hard time trying to free himself from allegations, leveled against him in connection to the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) scandal.
Appearing before the Health Committee of the National assembly on Wednesday, 2nd of September, Kagwe once again dismissed the comments by suspended KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari. Mr. Manjari had said that he received instructions from Kagwe on how to produce Covid-19 kits.
Kagwe denied the allegations, defending himself against reports that he was micromanaging KEMSA at the time when the tenders were being allocated for the supply of PPEs. He however, admitted to have pressured Manjari, due to the emergency of managing Covid-19 in the country.
“It’s my job to put people under pressure so that they can produce the results we want, it’s however, not my job to tell anybody to commit a crime, 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 told me that in writing,” Kagwe said.
Appearing before the Health Committee as well, Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache also denied allegations of dictating the use of funds at KEMSA and further accused the drug supplying parastatal, for by passing the ministry to ask the treasury for more funds.
There are claims that CS Kagwe and PS Mochache wrote to Manjari, asking him to give tenders to particular companies, a claim that both Kagwe and Mochache outrightly denied.