Civil society demonstrate over the slow pace of KEMSA case

The Transparency International Kenya (TIK), Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDs (KELIN), Ni Sisi and partners, have today taken to the streets to present their petition, on the slow progress of the KEMSA procurement probe at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.

Addressing the protestants, the TIK Director, MS. Sheila Masinde, said that they were protesting against the fraudulent payments made in relation to the purchase and supply of Covid-19 emergency commodities by KEMSA that led to irregular expenditure of public funds amounting to Sh.7.8 billion.

MS. Sheila added that they had red carded individuals who have been mentioned in the saga and are running for office in the coming elections. She called on the members of the public to avoid, electing such politicians.

Responding to the protestants through a letter, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, stated that his office is aware of information circulating in the media about several individuals, companies and their directors, as well as payments allegedly made by KEMSA, but that information was not contained in the two inquiry files sent to them by the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC).

“Our letter dated 2nd October 2020, called for investigations into the particulars of companies involved in the supply of Covid-19 items and payments made to them. Upon consideration of the evidence in this second inquiry, we found that financial investigations have not been fully exhausted and only the first layer has been covered. The distribution of the funds from the accounts of the supplier and beneficiaries still remains unclear,” said Haji through a letter.

The Senior Prosecutor and Chief of Staff, Lillian Obur, said that the DPPs and EACC office are working together as a criminal justice system, to ensure that justice is served.



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