ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to come up with a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the purpoted theft of COVID-19 funds at the Ministry of Health.
In a press briefingon Sunday, Mudavadi stated that formation of a Judicial commission of inquiry was the most appropriate mechanism to unearth the rot at Afya House and would “soften the hearts” of donors who have threatened to withdraw critical funding following the recent fraudulence reports at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
The Ministry of Health has in recent days been in the spotlight over graft allegations where millions of shillings for the COVID-19 fight are believed to have been unaccounted for.
“I am by no way infatuated with proposing judicial commissions of inquiry whenever things get skewed, but here things have indeed gone haywire and only such an inquiry will soften the hearts of our developmental partners who threaten to abandon us at our hour of most need because of our insatiable dishonesty,” he said on Sunday at the ANC party headquarters.
Mr. Mudavadi emphasized that members of the commission will enjoy immunity as opposed to the existing investigative agencies like the Ethics Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) which he said are already overwhelmed with the country’s existing corruption cases and risk been influenced to arrive at a predetermined outcome.
“The public is restless and now requires answers, resources have been lost and if they have not been lost why would anyone be scared of a judicial commission of inquiry, if you believe you have done nothing wrong then come forward and be prepared to face the commission in the eyes of the public,” he stated.
He noted that the Head of State risks tainting his legacy if he does not handle the matter with the seriousness it deserves and ensure culprits involved are brought to book.
In a damning expose by media houses, a total of 43 Billion dedicated to Kenyan COVID-19 pandemic, is said to be unaccounted for. Unscrupulous tendering processes and undisclosed expenditures has cast doubt on Kenya’s ability to clamp on corruption.
Since the expose, KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari was suspended alongside directors Eliud Muriithi (Commercial) and Charles Jume (Procurement).
Operations Director Edward Njoroge Njuguna was appointed the acting CEO.
The medical supplies authority has since said it will cooperate with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
“We are not going to protect anybody found culpable and any such persons shall face consequences,” board chair Kembi Gitura said.
By Linda Amiani