The office of the Auditor General has released its findings on the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) Covid-19 procurement scandal.
According to the report presented by Auditor General Nancy Gathungu, the KEMSA scandal costs Kenyans a whopping 2.3 Billion shillings.
While presenting the report, the Auditor General submitted that KEMSA management violated various rules leading to the loss of the billions.
She indicated that there was a possible collusion between companied ho won the inflated tenders and top KEMSA management.
According to the report, KEMSA over procured goods worth Sh6.3 Billion that are still lying in its warehouses. If these good are sold, the report indicates that they can only generate approximately Sh4 Billion thus a 2.3 billion deficit.
"During the period under review, KEMSA irregularly utilised Universal Health Coverage and Capital Budget to procure Covid-19 related items worth Sh7,632,068,588 without evidence of approval of the budgets by relevant authorities.
"The procurement process was not initiated based on need assessment and planning resulting in over procurement of Covid-19 related stock worth Sh6.3 billion that is still being held at KEMSA warehouses,” the Auditor General said as quoted by The Star.
Auditor General recommends further probe into KEMSA scandal
In view of the above findings, the Auditor General has recommended a further probe into collusion claims between KEMSA officials and companies that received the tenders with an aim to establish criminality.
She also wants payment of Covid-19 related claims by KEMSA put on hold until an independent audit is executed.