Controversial blogger Dennis Itumbi has in a dossier revealed that Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) board chairman Kembi Gitutura asked CEO Jonah Manjari to award tenders to influential people in the government.
The firebrand blogger leaked two documents of an alleged communication that took place at KEMSA.
According to one of the letters leaked by Itumbi, chairman Kembi Gitura asked Manjari to award the tenders with no fear as the Ethics and the Anticorruption Commission (EACC) had no role in the awarding of the tenders.
“Today Kemsa wants to tell us there were no orders, due process was followed. Even Sanitization needs some Good Table Manners… Then you have started firing People who DID NOT EAT” Itumbi Lamented on twitter
Understandably, EACC has commenced investigations into the alleged fraudulent awarding of tenders at the medical supply agency which was under its radar for a long time.
A second letter shared by deputy president William Ruto allied blogger revealed that a legal officer at KEMSA was shown the door on grounds that :
1.Failure to properly advise the management and board in regards to awards of contracts
2. Divulging information to unauthorized persons through leakage of the Authority’s report, documents, and communications.
Appearing before the parliament health committee chaired by Murang’a Women representative Sabina Chege, KEMSA chairman Kembi Gitura on Thursday refuted claims that there were no orders to whom tenders should be given to.
KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari had earlier told the senate’s ad-hoc committee that he used to receive orders through texts and calls from health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Permananent secretary Susan Mochache on who should receive tenders.