KEMSA Scandal: Did President Ruto Fire the Wrong PS?

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Did President William Ruto sack the wrong Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health over the new KEMSA scandal?

This is the question Kenyans online are asking after the Head of State on Monday evening sent home Health PS Dr. Josephine Mburu who is in charge of Public Health and Standards, leaving behind Eng. Peter Tum, under whose docket, Medical Services, KEMSA falls.

In a statement on Monday, May 15, Head of Public Service Felix Koskei said President Ruto had relieved Mburu of her duties following complaints of alleged impropriety within KEMSA regarding a flawed procurement process that left the country on the verge of losing a Ksh3.7 billion worth of anti-Malaria nets from the Global Fund.

Global Fund, a Switzerland-based organization that funds governments to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, is said to have cancelled Kemsa’s procurement process which seemed flawed in favour of a bidder who did not meet mandatory requirements, at the expense of an actual mosquito nets manufacturer.

“The alleged maladministration on the part of KEMSA is with regard to the procurement of treated mosquito nets for those vulnerable households, which could have led to significant exposure to the disease and increase in its severity in the endemic regions,” Koskei said.

During the purge, Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha appointed Dr Andrew Mutava Mulwa as the new KEMSA CEO, replacing embattled Terry Ramadhani who was suspended.

The CS also reconstituted the board, unveiling a list of new members.

The new members are Hezbon Oyieko Omollo, Bernard Kipkirui Bett, Dr Jane Masiga and Jane Nyagaturi Mbatia.

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