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’21 Jack Ma Donation Packages Missing’ CAS Obure

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The government on Thursday September 3 admitted that some donations critical in the fight against COVID-19 from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma did not arrive in the country.

Speaking during a meeting with National Assembly Health Committee, Transport CAS Chris Obure disclosed that 21 packages of assorted medical supplies did not reach Nairobi from Ethiopia.

He however revealed that his office is not aware of the specific content of the donations.

Transport CAS Chris Obure. Source: File

The CAS highlighted that the ministry realised that the 21 packages were missing after verifying with the parking documents from China.

“We realized that 21 packages were short delivered, I assure you we will continue to pursue the matter with the Ministry of Health to ensure they are delivered,” Obure decried.

“Personally I did speak to top officials of the Ministry of Health and they confirmed to me that they are pursuing the matter.” he added.

Government Clearing Agency Director Felix Aten told the committee that he immediately raised the issue with the ministry after realising part of the consignment was missing.

“We took the matter up with the ministry and they promised to follow up. I guess they are in the process of doing the same,” Aten posed.

Jack Ma speaking to University of Nairobi students during his past tour of Kenya. Source: File

Committee chairperson Sabina Chege took the CAS to task on whether the consignment disappeared after landing in Nairobi or while on transit.

“The disappearance didn’t happen when they landed in Nairobi? And was there an attempt to divert Jack Ma donations to any other destination?” the Murang’a woman representative inquired.

There have been allegations that COVID-19 donations, including from Ma, were misappropriated or diverted.

On Wednesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe appeared before the committee.

He revealed that it is his job to put people under pressure so that they can deliver results.

“It is, however, not my job to tell anybody to commit any crime. And in the event that I told a CEO to do something that is against the law, the normal thing to do in government is to say – give me what you’re telling me in writing,” he revealed.

While laying all the blame squarely on Manjari, Kagwe argued that suspended KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari should answer for himself, noting that ‘his poor management and disregard for procurement laws’ should be investigated.

He added that he did not pressure Manjari to flout the laid down procurement rules and regulations as claimed by the CEO.

“When you go wrong you don’t go wrong because the CS told you to go wrong, you go wrong because you are a poor manager and you don’t know how to manage and use the laws on procurement,” revealed Kagwe.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe. Source: File

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