Kapenguria MP urges Health CS, PS to resign over KEMSA scandal

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto
Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto

Deputy President William Ruto allies have continued mounting pressure on the named government officials in the KEMSA scandal to step aside and pave way for investigations into the alleged embezzlement of funds. 

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto wants Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Principal Secretary Susan Mochache and Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) board Chairperson Kembi Gitura to come out clear over the matter. Speaking in Kapenguria, he said the most honorable thing for them to do is to resign.

Suspended KEMSA Chief Executive Officer Jonah Manjari last week told a joint Senate Health and Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19 that he received directions pertaining the procurement from Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, Principal Secretary Susan Mochache and an unnamed official heading a response unit.

Moroto noted that it was shameful for high ranking individuals in government to be mentioned in the scandal when Kenyans have nothing to put on the table.

He cited that the three were seen as trusted and competent leaders of the Jubilee administration but have embarrassed the government.

He also took a swipe at the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga citing he defended graft because of the handshake.

He alleged that the former Premier is also a beneficiary of the looted millions at the Ministry of Health.

“When one is hungry he makes noise but when well fed he or she does nothing. Raila used to be on the frontline fighting corruption but right now he seem to be eating well,” he said, “We have seen him sending the ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna for addresses. Sifuna is still young and it’s bad for him to engage and argue with elders.”

Moroto pointed out that Kenyans had hope in ODM but now the faith has faded away. “Let’s pray for Kenya. We know some good minded ODM legislators like John Mbadi are being frustrated.”