Investigations into possible loss of millions at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) kicked off in earnest Wednesday with detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission raiding the authority’s headquarters in Nairobi.
The team that camped at the offices for the better part of Wednesday morning before leaving the premises at around 1 pm without a word are said to have grilled several persons of interest in the alleged fraudulent procurement of critical supplies for use in the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
The detectives are said to have left with relevant materials including computer hard drives and related documents as efforts to unravel the mystery that has generated public debate intensify.
Through a statement, KEMSA said it was cooperating with EACC after the commission extended its investigation to their offices in search of vital documents, electronic data and computers that will aid in the ongoing investigations.
KEMSA has been accused of misappropriating over Ksh 7 billion COVID-19 funds that were meant to procure Personal Protective Equipment meant for healthcare workers.
The authority is also accused of procuring COVID-19 emergency kits at inflated prices.
Last month, the agency suspended its Chief Executive Officer Jonah Manjari and two others to allow for investigations by EACC and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.