EACC sets up team to investigate Health graft

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Health CS Cleopa Mailu has insisted that they will work with the outcome of the investigations into claims of graft in the ministry
Health CS Cleopa Mailu has insisted that they will work with the outcome of the investigations into claims of graft in the ministry

Earlier in the week, Kenyans witnessed a scandal in the Ministry of Health as a reported Kshs. 5 billion went missing. Some leaders called for the resignation of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopha Mailu and PS Nicholas Muraguri, to enable investigations to take place.

The CS today informed the members of the public that he will not step aside unless the audit report which is being investigated by the EACC, the DCI, and the Kenya National Audit Office to ascertain if the money was looted. He added that the media report of the leaked internal report did not include replies to the queries raised. The CS added that Kshs. 865,795,750 was approved and appropriated as provided for by the Public Finance Management act, he added that some projects which the money catered for included expanding health services in Lamu County at the King Fahd Hospital, while another kitty went to Bungoma County to refurbish Bungoma Level 4 to help expand its maternity and Child Unit.

The CS today informed the members of the public that he will not step aside unless the audit report which is being investigated by the EACC, the DCI, and the Kenya National Audit Office to ascertain if the money was looted. He added that the media report of the leaked internal report did not include replies to the queries raised. The CS added that Kshs. 865,795,750 was approved and appropriated as provided for by the Public Finance Management act, he added that some projects which the money catered for included expanding health services in Lamu County at the King Fahd Hospital, while another kitty went to Bungoma County to refurbish Bungoma Level 4 to help expand its maternity and Child Unit.

He also added that 100 mobile clinics in Mombasa port will be transported to other parts of the country to help boost urbanization in the country as part of the Ministry’s mandate. He cautioned that the Ministry of Health is taking corruption and mismanagement seriously and anyone who will be found guilty shall face the consequences.

The Chief Executive Director of EACC Michael Mubea said that the CS has assured the EACC detectives to provide the necessary documents related to the scandal.

CORD Principal Raila Odinga commented on the ongoing scandal as he insisted having untouchable people doesn’t help, “If there are untouchable people in the war against corruption, then we are moving in circles,” he said. “Nothing will come out of these investigations. It’s just a cover up, they are looking for something to hide,” he added. “If you need to hold meetings about corruption, hold them at KICC where the public has open access.”