All KEMSA staff ordered to report to work

Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Susan Wafula has directed Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) staff working from home to report to work on Friday.

Speaking from KEMSA Headquarters in Nairobi, the CS questioned why some of the employees were still working from home.

This is after reports indicated that more than 200 KEMSA employees have been working from home since November 2021, when the board sent them home to allow for the organizational restructure following the Kemsa Covid-19 scandal.

“I hereby direct the CEO, effective tomorrow morning, all 200 staff working from home for KEMSA, should report to work tomorrow at 8 am,” she directed.

“It does not make sense, it is irresponsible to have paid over 200 people for two years, them sitting at home in the name of COVID, yet we all go to our office nowadays,” the Health CS decreed

The CS who spoke while inaugurating the new Kemsa board, said she is determined to oversee change in the scandal-laden KEMSA.

She then said, the board’s first meeting was set for Thursday, to deliberate transforming the agency.

On Monday, President William Ruto revoked KEMSA board appointments.

This is amid a probe into allegations of corruption and mismanagement of medical supplies at the agency, which also saw the suspension of the KEMSA CEO alongside three staffers.

The scandal involved, a bungled procurement process handled by the Ministry of Health, which left the country on the verge of losing 3.7 billion shillings worth of anti-Malaria nets from the Global Fund.

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