Megascope healthcare Ltd and its politically connected CEO Richard Ngatia who also doubles as the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) chief is on the eye of a storm after reports emerged in the recent blistering expose by NTV investigative piece dubbed #Covid19Millionaires that it was involved in reselling the billionaire Jack Ma donations that mysteriously disappeared in the airport.
For starters, this is not the first time Megascope is finding itself in corrupt dealings crosshairs. In November 2019 for instance, the Kenyan’s senators found out that the state was fleeced an extra of sh.4 billion in the now infamous medical equipment leasing scheme.
The Megascope ltd healthcare general manager, Renne Lupalo then cited maintenance, training, insurance, replacement of damaged equipment as some of reasons the costs seemed exaggerated since government are exempted from incurring such costs.
First forward to the 2020, ministry of health partnered with the firm, Megascope in clearing and ordering of personal protective equipment – PPEs effectively putting them in charge overseeing critical supplies which were largely imported.
The CEO of Megascope, Richard Ngatia, is a an influential figure in center of power and jubilee administration with sources saying that he is a bosom buddy of Transportation Cabinet minister James Macharia and frequently hangs out with key figures in government in what observers says could be the reason his company is constantly awarded multimillion shillings tenders in either single-sourcing or sub-contracts.
Megascope ltd alongside Faram East Africa Ltd and other 7 companies received bulk tender to supply covid-19 materials running up to sh.500 million which the parliamentary committee on health headed by Murang’a Women Member of Parliament, Sabina Chege unearthed to be involved in tender irregularities and flouting of procurement laws forcing EACC and DCI to open investigations.
Not until the Dennis Okari’s NTV exposé, that highlighted the mysterious disappearance of Jack Ma donations and misappropriation of an estimated sh.43 billion that has stoked public outrage and bring full spotlight on Megascope healthcare ltd and its chief executive Richard Ngatia dirty dealings in hiding and reselling the equipment donated to Kenya.
The first casualties of the complex network of corruption into tender awards by KEMSA to companies among them Megascope healthcare are three top officials namely CEO, director in charge of commercial and his counterpart in charge of procurement.
The NTV further unearthed that equipment donated were transported by road and sold off in neighboring Tanzania while rest of them including face masks, gloves, body jackets rebranded and sold locally. In what further exemplify how powerful the perpetrators are.
Dennis Okari further revealed in his exposé that the police car accompanied the transportation.
This comes even as healthcare professionals threatening to down their tools while others already issued notice citing delayed salaries, lack of PPEs, poor working conditions in the midst of the pandemic as key reasons to warrant strike.
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