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EACC Storm KEMSA Nairobi Offices, Lock Employees In

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Detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Wednesday September 9 raided the The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) headquarters on Commercial Street, Nairobi.

Reports reveal the EACC officers sealed off the premises, barring visitors from accessing the offices and locking employees in the facility.

An employee who spoke to the media from inside the premises indicated that the detectives carted away computers in the presence of tight security.

An armed police officer mans the reception of KEMSA’s Nairobi offices during a raid by the EACC on Wednesday, September 9. Source: Citizen Digital

KEMSA is alleged to have acquired items worth Ksh 7.7 billion against the agreed upon budget of Ksh 4.7 billion.

The raid came just day after the EACC grilled top officials from KEMSA over their handling of procurement of drugs and other goods meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kembi Gitura-led KEMSA board was grilled for over seven hours on the contentious award of multi-billion tenders.

Consequently, KEMSA was stuck with goods worth Ksh.6.2million that they are seeking to sell.

During the grilling, the board chairman told the EACC that the suspended agency’s CEO Jonah Manjari ignored the board’s advice and wrote directly to the Treasury, seeking additional funding.

On August 31, 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Health to make public all the tenders procured by Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) for transparency purposes within 30 days.

“This level of transparency through the use of technology will go a very long way towards ensuring that we have confidence of people that those placed in institutions are able to manage resources of our taxpayers,” he stated.

Uhuru indicated that the process would enable the public to be in the know on who was awarded a tender, the value of the tender, what the tender was for, monitor progress of the tender, how it was evaluated, monitor other bids and who was finally awarded the tender.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the virtual COVID-19 conference meeting on August 31, 2020. Source: Twitter

 


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