Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has been placed at the center of a new Ksh3.6 billion scandal from the irregular awarding of a tender by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
Some leaders, among them Kilelshwa MCA Robert Alai are now calling for the Deputy President’s resignation or impeachment, saying he is the force behind the individuals who stole public money during the procurement of anti-mosquito nets by the government.
On Monday, President William Ruto sacked Principal Secretary, State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards Dr Josephine Mburu over alleged impropriety at the authority.
“The President has been briefed on the complaints of alleged impropriety within the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) in its management and administration of various medical programmes being undertaken in conjunction with our development partners,” a statement on the fraud, by Felix Koskei, the president’s Chief of Staff reads.
Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday during the launch of EACC’s report on Corruption and Unethical Conduct in Kenyan Healthcare Projects, Health CS Susan Nakhumicha revealed that senior government officials tried to block her initial attempts to have EACC investigate malpractices at KEMSA and within the Health Ministry.