EACC submits final report on KEMSA probe, DPP to issue direction in 14 days


Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji
File image of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has handed the KEMSA scandal duplicate inquiry file to the office of the DPP.

In a written statement, the DPP Noordin Haji confirmed the receipt, and announced the formation of a special team of senior experienced prosecutors to undertake a comprehensive review of the file.

The prosecutors will then report their findings to Haji who will in turn, make a decision and inform the public on the progress of the matter within 14 days.

Reports and subsequent public outcry over alleged misappropriation billions of taxpayer and donor funds have led to recent summons of the KEMSA board and top officials at the Ministry of health.

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache told the National Assembly a fortnight ago that KEMSA flouted the procedure by going on an overdrive spending spree despite capping their expenditure at Ksh.758 million.

Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on the other hand insisted that any loss of money was due to variations in prices of PPEs and not supply of air to KEMSA.

The Auditor General will hence be seeking to analyse the procurement processes at the state agency; for instance, she will be trying to diagnose why items worth Ksh.7.6 billion were procured despite an approval of only Ksh.758.6 million, before she can finally present her report.

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee, The Senate Health Committee, the Public Investment Committee are also involved in the KEMSA probe alongside the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

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