KEMSA Offices in Industrial Area, Nairobi[Photo: The Star]
September 10th 2020 – Ethics and Anti-Corruption investigators are now rushing against time to conclude investigations into the KEMSA scandal, with less than fourteen days remaining to the deadline issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On Wednesday the investigators spent more time in the KEMSA headquarters interrogating the persons of interest, before making their recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Noordin Haji. They also carted away documents and files to facilitate the investigation.
Last month, the President instructed the Anti-Corruption Commission to expedite its investigation into the KEMSA, Covid-19 scandal, following the missing of a supply of COVID-19 kits, worth billions of shillings.
It is however not clear if the investigation will lead to Afya House specifically, to the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and his Principal Secretary Susan Mochahe. The two were mentioned by the suspended CEO Jonah Manjari during a session with the Health Committee of the National Assembly.
The President had also ordered the Health Ministry, to publish online, details of all purchases made during the Covid-19 pandemic, following the allegations that some government officials were involved in the missing Covid-19 funds.
The directive applies particularly to tenders issued by Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA), amid the growing scandal that has prompted strikes at different hospitals nationwide.
So far, close to five politicians, top government officials and directors of at least 50 companies linked to the Kemsa scandal are expected to be quizzed at EACC headquarters.