By Samuel Musita
Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu is currently being grilled by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives.
The Cabinet Secretary who appeared before the commission Thursday morning is being questioned on the alleged loss of five billion shillings from the ministry.
On Wednesday, the commission grilled the Health ministry Principal Secretary Dr Nicholas Muraguri.
Internal auditor Bernard Muchere and head of the accounting unit Joyce Mutugi will also record statements at the agency’s offices. Others summoned include head of the finance unit Peter Odundo, who is expected to record his statement on Wednesday next week alongside head of procurement Peter Mwangi, Kemsa CEO John Munyu, former head of procurement Ephantus Thigah and former head of accounts Peter Macharia.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has called for speedy and thorough investigation into alleged fraud of the 5.2 billion shilling in the Health Ministry.
According to Godec the Government must carry out a forensic audit of the alleged fraud and bring to book those implicated. He says focus on Ethics training will enhance accountability.
Speaking Thursday morning when he paid a courtesy call on Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, Godec said Kenya was an important development partner but the scourge of corruption was eroding the confidence among Kenyans.
The US envoy also asked Kenyans to change their attitude and refuse to give or take bribes.
On the forthcoming General Election, the Ambassador said his government was keenly watching the run upto the election, insisting that the exercise should be free and fair.