Health Ministry Theft

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is setting up special teams to investigate the Ksh 5 billion Health Ministry theft.

EACC Chief Executive Officer Michael Mubea led a team of eight detectives to Afya House in Nairobi. He revealed that the investigation will be conducted expeditiously with the report released in 30 days.

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”The EACC had been conducting its investigations but opened a fresh probe following media reports of an audit report,” Mubea said.

He added that Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and ministry officials have assured EACC detectives that all relevant documents related to the scandal will be made available.

The missing Ksh 5 billion was unraveled by an audit carried out by the ministry. Auditors were unable to trace the files for Estama Investments, registered as an EPZ company, and Life Care Medics.

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The two companies are said to be beneficiaries of cash offered by the government meant for patients, expectant mothers and newborn babies in the free maternity programme.

It also questions payments made to UNICEF and General Electric.

The audit shows that the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) was manipulated to allow the payments. Financial fraud investigator Bernard Muchere says that there could be even more money lost due to the manipulation of the Government payments system.

The Senate Health Committee, which is chaired by Dr Wilfred Machage, has called for the Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri to appear before it.

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They are demanding an explanation on how billions of shillings was paid irregularly to ghost companies and individuals. Others through double payments without proper documentation.

MPs are calling for the senior health officials’ resignation as the story continues to unfold.

Stay tuned.