Cord Leader, Raila Challenges Uhuru To Own Up For Sh5 Billion Allegations

Coalition For Reforms And Democracy (CORD) leader, Raila Odinga has challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to be man enough to take full responsibility for the recently revealed Sh5 billion allegations.

The coalition head made this call while speaking at a press conference at his Capitol Hill office where he talked about the Sh5.3 billion theft reported by internal auditors in the Ministry of Health.

There, he told President Uhuru Kenyatta to emulate his Tanzania counterpart John Magufuli in fighting corruption.

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President Uhuru was roped in the latest corruption allegations of a leaked draft audit report where the Ministry of Health’s internal auditor, Bernard Muchere queried suspicious expenditure amounting to more than Sh5 billion.

“Nothing will come out of the so-called investigations by the EACC. It is just but a cover-up. It will just be investigations on top of investigations and it will be done until the cows come home,” Odinga said referring to the investigation on the matter by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)

Speaking further on this, Odinga said the EACC investigation on the said scandal was just “a pure cover-up” and that the internal audit report is enough evidence to bring down the culprits.

Meanwhile, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu termed the internal audit a normal process every Cabinet Secretary initiates at the end of every financial year

The Health Cabinet Secretary who also held a press conference at his office on Friday said the leaked report did not include the ministry’s response to the queries the draft report had raised.

The Cabinet secretary further said the internal auditor was at the moment compiling his final report and the ministry will release it to the public on Wednesday next week.

“We in the ministry expect to be held accountable. That is why I am here,” he said, adding that he had invited the EACC, the DCI and the KENAO officials to investigate the ministry.

The EACC deputy Chief Executive Officer, Michael Mubea on the other hand, said the anti-graft agency will submit an interim report on investigations into the Sh5 billion allegations.

He said a team of detectives has been set up to trace and examine documents related to the Sh5 billion allegations made by the Ministry of Health to various companies.

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He, however, disclosed the EACC has been investigating some of the payments at the Ministry of Health but has been compelled to set up a team of investigators to probe the latest audit reports in the media

“Kenyans will get an update on how far investigations have progressed within one week. We have met the Cabinet Secretary, who has agreed to [provide] all the documents for our perusal. We hope to get the documents either by end of today or latest tomorrow. Detectives will be looking at the documents and we assure the public that these investigations will not be delayed,” Mubea said as he dismissed the report that some of the documents related to companies adversely mentioned in the audit report were missing, saying the EACC has a way of obtaining such documents and are not at all worried.