US News Kenya: 15 personalities identified in the corruption scandal linked to Covid-19

05:25  25 september  2020
05:25  25 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Kenya Law monitors, revises, consolidates, and reports on evolving jurisprudence and the laws of Kenya including the tracking of legislation, circulars, gazettes, policies amongst other public legal information for the use of the public. In the wake of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 ( COVID – 19 )

The COVID - 19 pandemic in Kenya is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

78 millions de dollars destinés à la lutte contre le Covid-19 auraient été détournés (image d'illustration). © REUTERS / Baz Ratner 78 million dollars intended for the fight against Covid-19 would have been embezzled (illustrative image).

Arrests are expected in the KEMSA scandal, named after the agency for purchasing medical devices. On Wednesday, the Senate heard the report of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Committee. She has identified at least 15 officials and businessmen involved in the case, which involves $ 78 million in embezzlement. An amount that was however intended for the fight against Covid-19.

With our correspondent in Nairobi, Sébastien Németh

The Kenyans are used to seeing cases of embezzlement spreading to the headlines, in a country classified among the most corrupt in the world by Transparency International. But the KEMSA case is sensitive because it affects money intended to protect Kenyans from the coronavirus. It could also have political ramifications.

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The draconian Covid - 19 lockdown measures recently imposed by Labor Premier Andrews – dubbed Kim Jong-Dan by critics – have understandably attracted widespread media High-ranking police officers, some still serving in the force, condoned and encouraged this completely improper scheme.

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The individuals targeted by the investigators have not yet been named, but they are known to be businessmen and officials at the top of KEMSA's organizational chart. They would have spent tens of millions of dollars on purchases of medical equipment sometimes never delivered. Orders also placed outside the legal framework.

The EEAC commission interviewed 52 people, including the chairman and members of the KEMSA Board of Directors, employees, but also politicians like David Murathe. In an atmosphere of settling of scores, the vice-president of the presidential party Jubilee also asked the investigators to look into the case of William Ruto . The Kenyan vice-president could have links with a company involved. This will be the second phase of the investigation: to prosecute the companies that have profited from these embezzlements.

The EEAC commission recommends prosecution against the officials concerned while a few weeks ago, without it being known yet if they are in the sights, the general manager of KEMSA, the director of orders and the commercial director all have three been suspended.

The Directorate of Criminal Affairs has appointed a team of experienced prosecutors to review the entire report, the evidence and decide on prosecution.

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