I never coerced KEMSA officials to favour suppliers, Health PS

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache says at no time did the Ministry of Health coerce the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority to favour certain suppliers.  

Susan Mochache moved to clear her name in the ongoing probe when she appeared before the National Assembly Health Committee on alleged misappropriation of public funds at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.

Mochache said that contrary to claims made by KEMSA, the authority did, in fact, overspend beyond the Ksh 758 million advised by the Ministry in the purchase of medical supplies meant to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

Mochache had been accused by KEMSA of directing tendering processes at the Authority in an alleged scandal that continues to give COVID-19 management in the country a bad image.

Mochache accused KEMSA of bypassing the Ministry of Health in requesting Treasury to help the Authority offset budgetary deficits despite clear directions from the ministry that KEMSA must limit its spending to the Ksh 758 million made available for the purchase of Medical Supplies.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe told MPs that no item has been physically stolen at KEMSA though the Authority is set to accrue some operational losses due to the procurement of some hard to sell medical supplies.

The Ministry of Transport which had also been invited to explain its handling of donations made by Chinese businessman Jack Ma was sent away by the MPs for failing to provide adequate responses to queries made by the lawmakers.

MPs say they have reason to believe that funds have been lost at KEMSA, and medical supplies meant for the fight against COVID-19 may have been stolen through some skewed tendering processes.

  

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