Ksh.43Billion scandal

By Susan Njire

An investigative report by journalist Dennis Okari uncovered a mega-graft scandal regarding use of billions allocated for covid-19. The funds includes loans and grants from institutions including the world bank and the international monetary funds (IMF) to support Kenyas effort to combat the virus.

The report revealed how a large consignment of donations including masks and ventilators from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma went missing once it arrived in the country. Among those interviewed for the report were Nominated Senator Sylvia Kasanga who chairs the Senate Ad- Hoc committee on covid-19 and Gordwins Agutu who serves as  chief executive officer of the Kenya Network Action Against Corruption KNAAC.

Staff at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority KEMSA the body at the center of the scam were also interviewed although some identities were hidden due to the ongoing investigations. Agutu claimed that investigations revealed that atleast three-quarters of the consignment was shipped off to Tanzania by well connected wheeler-dealers.There he claimed it was sold off to various organizations and institutions.

He further alleged that what remained found itself in the market and was sold to private companies in Kenya among others. Breaking down an analysis of funds received for the fight against covid-19 Agutu claimed that KSh.43Billion could not be accounted for.

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