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, President 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.
The President assured Kenyans that all those involved would face legal action regardless of their political or social status.
“No one will be spared.” he warned.
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.
According to the exposé records on the donations showed that two companies were authorised to receive the consignment at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) but there is no record to show how the donations were thereafter distributed.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating the loss of more than Ksh7 billion for COVID-19 funds in contracts issued by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) whose CEO Jonah Manjari and three other senior officials were suspended.
The president’s directive ends raging debate ignited by the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) and its leader Raila Odinga, who wants an audit conducted before an investigation of the allegations on the missapropriation of funds at KEMSA.
Deputy President William Ruto has lately engaged in a war of words with the ODM leaders, accusing them of double speak.
“The COVID-19 billionaire heist at KEMSA is a deplorable manifestation of the worst public vice that has seen the hypocritical “former” Opposition characteristically change the tune” wrote Ruto on Twitter.
Email your news TIPS to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your article published.