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Parliamentary health committee to investigate how Kemsa spent covid-19 funds

The  Parliamentary Committee on Health will start interrogating members of Kenya Medical Supplies  Authority (KEMSA) Board on how allocated funds were used in efforts to combat spread of covid-19.

The  committee’s Chairperson, Sabina Chege has said from the Ministry of Health records, KEMSA  was allocated Sh.2. 5 billion to facilitate issuance of cheap personal protection equipment to  medical facilities across the country.

She noted that the committee has invited the KEMSA Board to establish if the allocated funds  were used prudently.

Speaking in Murang’a on Tuesday, Chege stressed that those found to have misappropriated any  funds meant to contain spread of coronavirus will personally be held liable.

She  moved to assure Kenyans that the truth on corruption allegations in KEMSA will ultimately be known. “The relevant government agencies are doing investigations to find out if money  donated to combat spread of Covid-19 were misappropriated.

“Yesterday, we had the Health CS who informed members of the Senate committee that only Sh.23  billion was allocated to his Ministry,” said Chege.

The  Murang’a women representative further said they will also commence investigations on part of the funds which were given to committees to help fight the spread of the virus.

“Sh.584 million was shared among committees based on health index and also the devolved units have been receiving money from donors. The health committee will get the records from the  Ministry of Health, indicating what every county gets so that we can embark on investigations,” she added.

Chege was speaking at Kiwanduma area where she was accompanied by Mathioya MP, Peter Kimari to  launch construction of a bridge connecting Kangema and Mathioya Sub counties.

She  added that the Covid-19 centres such as the Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenyatta University Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital among others will be audited.

Meanwhile, Chege  has urged the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to crack down sub-standard PPEs  in that market, saying such equipment may pose danger to unsuspecting users.

She noted that some serious allegations have been raised on quality of some of the masks and  sanitizers being sold to Kenyans which may be of poor quality.

“Let’s KEBS among other government agencies move with speed and intensify crackdown on all PPEs being sold to Kenyans with a view to ensuring that only standard masks and sanitizers are  in the market,” she added.

Speaking at the same time, the Mathoiya MP asked the Senate to adopt a third basis revenue sharing formula so as to help counties get their funds.

Kimari  said many projects in the counties have stalled due to delayed release of funding, saying the most affected was the health sector, which is a devolved function.

“We pray that the senate breaks the ongoing stalemate on the division of revenue and come up  with a win-win formula acceptable to all the counties,” added Kimari.

By  Bernard Munyao

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