Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe set tongues wagging this week after admitting that he is a signatory to the firm that won the heftiest tender for Covid-19 supplies to the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).
Kilid Ltd was awarded a Ksh4 billion tender for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the fight against the coronavirus disease.
It would later unfold that Kilig and other companies linked to some well-connected individuals allegedly fleeced the authority of billions of shillings.
According to reliable reports, Kemsa may have misappropriated Ksh7.2 billion through dishing out tenders to even ineligible companies.
It means Kilig got the biggest share of the alleged loot among those christened as the “Covid-19 millionaires”.
Murathe confirmed his link into the Kemsa heist despite denying any involvement when he appeared before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in September 2020.
Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have been having a field day online since Murathe’s admission.
Being a powerful Jubilee Party operative who has been criticising the Tangatanga camp over corruption, the politicians could not let this moment slip.
Likening the former Gatanga MP to the biblical Goliath, the Tangatanga members claimed that Murathe is one of the most corrupt Kenyans, but he thinks that he is untouchable due to his close links with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator and former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen said “Murathe is the father of corruption and tenderpreneurship”.
Here are other comments from DP Ruto’s foot soldiers:
Susan Kihika: “Murathe has been running around shouting thief, thief while all along he is the THIEF! Uhuru promised the country to take action against these Kemsa thieves. Waiting to see what he will do now that the thieves are his court jesters, inner circle. A president doesn’t lie, right?”
Aaron Cheruiyot: “On Kemsa, the hoodlum Murathe is in his element. That is what riffraff around presidents do. Has political insurance after all. The only issue is when corrupt media try to elevate him and the (Cotu boss Francis) Atwolis of KE to be the drivers of national conversations. Very shameful!”
Boni Khalwale: “The public is thankful to MPs for their exposé of this David Murathe-linked Kilig Limited.”
Kiigen Koech: “Shame on David Murathe. He officially has no moral authority to lecture William Ruto or any other Kenyan about corruption.”