Health CS Cleopa Mailu is downplaying the public outrage caused by the leaked Health Ministry audit report saying that no money was lost. CS Mailu addressed the press on Sunday, pointing out inconsistencies in the internal audit report.
He also added that he was aggrieved that key Ministry officials were not given a chance to respond to important issues before the leak.
“I am not happy that the document leaked before my staff could comment on the key concerns raised. We have concerns with the report and the methodology used to reach the conclusion therein. But, we know that the issue is already in the public domain; we would like to call for patience as we investigate the matter.”
The Health CS went on to add that there was no proof that money was lost at the ministry. He called the KSh 5 billion figure noted in the audit report ”shocking” because some of the budgets were slashed while the auditor in some cases duplicated figures.
”The report indicated that we had a sum of Ksh800M, yet this was reduced by 530m to Ksh270. We were then given an additional 350M which internal auditor added to the Ksh800M thus double counting the same figure. The Ksh350M that we were given should be added to Ksh270 million.”
Another issue which the CS addressed at his Afya House office was the claim of diversion of money meant for free maternity care. CS Mailu pointed out another discrepancy in the report while saying it was used to purchase medical supplies which are equally important.
”The amount that was diverted from free maternity services to purchase of media supplies is Ksh586, 491, 796.45 and not Ksh880, 053, 456.90 as mentioned in the report.”
”While this is still a case of concern since any budgetary allocations should be taken through the parliamentary process, it is vital to note that medical supplies are equally important hence it was a case of good intention. But we are investigating this aspect,” he said.
President Kenyatta has so far been tight-lipped about the Afya House scandal with which members of his family have been linked to.
Uhuru’s sister and cousin are among owners of companies suspected to have fraudulently pocketed millions from the health ministry.
On issues regarding a possible conflict of interest, CS Mailu said that issues of conflict of interest only arise when the company is owned or affiliated to an employee in the Ministry of Health.
”The auditor did not say they were irregularly awarded the contracts. It is not in the document. Anybody can conduct business as long as there is no conflict of interest, in accordance with the Integrity Act and Public Ethics Act.”
This Health Ministry scandal will serve as a major blow to the Jubilee government with just 10 months to the general election.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga took the opportunity to call out the President to respond to claims that his close relatives are implicated in the scandal.
We’ll bring you more news as this unfolds. Stay tuned.