KEMSA Probe Takes New Twist as 25 Suppliers Files Disappear

The probe into 43 billion KEMSA scandal has taken a new twist after 25 suppliers files mysteriously disappear in what appears to be a well orchestrated scheme to protect the masterminds of the scam.

The theft of the files comes when EACC has forwarded 51 names of persons and entities it wants charged.

Over 80 other firms are currently under probe over the loss of billions of shillings meant for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Appearing before the Joint Senate and hoc Committee on Covid-19, EACC officials said they are investigating how 13 firms that supplied material valued at Sh300 million were irregularly awarded the tenders.

The 13 companies include Kilig Limited owned by William Gachoka. The company is also among the 51 entities already forwarded to the EACC and recommended for prosecution.

“ We have narrowed on the 13 companies which we believe were irregularly awarded tenders.
We will go for others that won tenders for smaller amounts. We want to know if the law was followed,” EACC told the committee on Wednesday. 

But what is more startling is revelation by EACC that documents including invoices and payment vouchers for 25 companies that supplied KEMSA with Covid-19 related items cannot be traced, despite pocketing billions of shillings.
The preliminary probe report by EACC also shows that there are payment discrepancies as it’s unclear who was paid and what the companies supplied to the medical agency.



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