Did He Just? Uhuru Makes Sweeping Changes in Health Ministry, Then Reverses

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President Uhuru Kenyatta reversed the changes he made in the Ministry of Health and Industrialization on Wednesday August 26 with further communication set to be issued.

“We would like to retract an earlier communication on the management changes at the Ministry of Health and that of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development.

“Fresh communication on the subject matter will be issued in due course.,” a statement from State House by spokesperson Kanze Dena read.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a past address. Source: PSCU

President Kenyatta had enforced changes in the Ministry of Health following the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) Scandal.

The statement sent to newsrooms from State House confirmed the changes in the Ministry with some of them being reshuffles.

“His Excellency the President, with a view of strengthening the management of the Ministry of Health, has made the following changes

“1. Dr Francis Owino to be Principal Secretary for Public Health;

“2. Ms. Susan Mochache to be Principal Secretary for Medical Services;

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache. Source: The Standard Digital

“3. Mr. Peter Kinuthia Thuku to be Principal Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health,” the statement read in part.

Dr Francis Owino was set to replace Peter Tum as the Principal Secretary for Public Health in the Ministry after he previously held the position of Principal Secretary in State Department of Industrialization.

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache would have become the new Principal Secretary for Medical Services after being moved from her position as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry.

Peter Kinuthia Thuku also would have taken the role of Principal Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health. He was previously the Marsabit County Commander.

The president noted that the changes were in a bid to strengthen the Ministry of Health that has been rocked by massive corruption scandals.

The Ministry of Industrialization Trade and Enterprise Development was also set for changes as Ambassador Johnson Weru would have been the new Principal Secretary.

According to the statement, the changes were set to take place with immediate effect.

President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered investigators to conclude their probe into the graft allegations at Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) in the wake of Dennis Okari’s NTV exposè on the COVID-19 billions on August 17.

Addressing the nation for the eleventh time at State House in Nairobi on Wednesday August 26, Uhuru revealed Kenyans are waiting to find out the truth about allegations of the theft of millions of shillings from KEMSA.

“Given the seriousness of these allegations and the public wanting to know the truth, I instruct investigators to complete the investigation within 21 days from today ,” the President said.

Uhuru’s directive comes amid protests by Kenyans after an expose by NTV’s Dennis Okari aired gruesome details of how funds meant to help fight COVID-19 were embezzled from KEMSA.

The funds include loans and grants from institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Kenya’s efforts to combat the virus.

Okari’s expose revealed how a large consignment of donations including masks and ventilators from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma went missing once it arrived in the country.

Ministry of Health officials receiving Jack Ma’s donations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight. Source: File
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