Ole Kina: We will not allow KEMSA Board to punish poor junior officers

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Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina has dismissed the Kenya Medical Supplies Association (KEMSA) move of mass sacking employees in the embattled parastatal following the conclusion of investigations on the Covid- millionaires scandal.

Taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, Senator Ole Kina said he will be moving to court to compel KEMSA to follow the law and also to stop what he termed as illegality, in mass sacking junior officers.

”We will not allow the Kemsa Board to punish poor junior officers – you must follow the law. Tomorrow we proceed to court to stop this illegality – total nonsense’,” Senator Ole Kina tweeted.

This comes at a time when the scandal-ridden body is introducing a raft of measures and institutional reforms, that will see the entire organization restructured.

On Thursday, the authority announced it had directed all non-essential members of staff to work remotely, as it reviews its organisational structure, following the submission of a report and recommendations to the board by the Kemsa Immediate Action Plan and Medium-Term Reforms Working Committee.

In a statement on Thursday, board chairperson Chao Mwadime said the core operating team will work under caretaker management that has been appointed to ensure smooth operations.

”The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) Board of Directors acknowledges that institutional reform efforts have been enhanced in order to establish the Authority as an effective stakeholder in the local healthcare system. The Board was set up by a Gazette Notice on April 28th, 2021, and was inaugurated in early May 2021. Following the inauguration, the Board of Directors promptly began the process of instituting an organizational rejuvenation plan,” the statement reads in part.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the National Youth Service (NYS) will be among organizations listed by the government to take over operations at the troubled Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) on a caretaker basis.

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