Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe says “nothing has been stolen” , even as the government investigates the Kemsa funds scandal. Speaking when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Health Committee, CS Kagwe said somebody would by now have been arrested had the funds been stolen.
“The reason why you haven’t heard donors complain is because they have looked at the detailed documents we presented to them and have determined that nothing has been stolen and, indeed, if it had been stolen, I am sure with the public outcry that has been there, somebody would have been arrested,” said Kagwe.
The CS rubbished allegations in an NTV expose that some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were sold to Tanzania and transported by road.
“When somebody says that Jack Maa’s donations were transported to Tanzania in an expose, I wonder why would we do that, and as far as I am concerned Tanzania does not have coronavirus,” retorted Kagwe.
The Health CS and PS Susan Mochache were alleged to have written to suspended Kemsa CEO Jonah Manjari, and even sent SMSs to put him under pressure to give tenders to particular companies. But responding to the claims, Kagwe said that the pressure from his ministry applied equally to all staff when other matters were carried out.
“I was at a bit of a loss when I was told that I’m giving directives or I’m trying to influence or I’m putting pressure. Madam Chair, I put pressure on each and every person in my ministry at that time,” Kagwe said.
The CS distanced himself from fraud allegations at the medical agency, asking suspended CEO Manjari to carry his own cross. He said he would not protect anybody who commits a crime.
“When you go wrong you don’t go wrong because the CS told you to go wrong. You go wrong because you are a poor manager and you don’t know how to manage and use the laws on procurement. You should, therefore, not blame anybody,” said the CS.
The Senate Health Committee under Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege had earlier sent away top officials from the Ministry of Transport, saying the team was unprepared to respond to its questions.