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Corruption fighting back? Senate trashes own damning MES report they termed ‘criminal enterprise’

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Dispute is brewing in the senate of Kenya over inclusion of names of persons deemed culpable in the Sh63 billion medical equipment leasing project fanned rejection of a damning explosive report. After Sh11 million taxpayers’ money spending and about a year in sittings to investigate the Managed Equipment Services (MES) project, a report by the Ad Hoc Committee was dumped in the dustbin to safeguard self-interests.

senators Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) attempts to move amendments to include names of a Cabinet Secretary and a Principal Secretary in the report fell short when Speaker Ken Lusaka disallowed it as it is said a proposed censure of the two officials raised questions of whether it would appear as an attack against leaders from one region, with some senators demanding inclusion of other government officials in the report.

the report instead of directly calling out for action against officers deemed culpable, it recommended further probe by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Auditor General Nancy Gathungu even though the report described the procurement as a “criminal enterprise” hatched to benefit a few well-connected government officials and tycoons in the seven-year lease project, no individual was indicted.

lawyers for some of the contractors named in the report are alleged to have approached at least four senators to do their bidding and ensure a favorable out there were also claims of money changing hands, raising questions of integrity on the matter that saw 27 senators gang up to reject the report unless the amendments were included. As a result, rejection of the report means that the eight-month investigations that gobbled up millions of shillings in over 60 sittings went down the drain.

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina defended his decision to vote against the report. “I voted against the MES report because the real architect of the scam was not mentioned.

the verdict of the Senate ad hoc committee that investigated the controversial Managed Equipment Service (MES) programme Sh63 billion medical kits project was conceived like a criminal enterprise shrouded in opaque procurement processes and aimed at selfish commercial interests.

In A report tabled on Tuesday by committee chairperson Fatuma Dullo (Isiolo) says though MES was intended to benefit the public, the people involved conceptualised and implemented it in a manner that violated the Constitution and the sacred principles under which it was originally conceived.

“The committee has established that the entire procurement process in the MES project from conceptualization to its implementation is shrouded in secrecy and smells of irregularities and illegalities,” the report reads.

“The committee recommends that all state officers and public officers who presided over the conceptualisation, conversion and procurement of the MES project be investigated and if found culpable, be barred from holding any state or public office,” the report further reads.





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