Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has returned the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) file on alleged procurement irregularities to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) for further investigations.
According to the DPP, he wants further probe into the alleged misuse of Ksh7.8 billion Covid-19 funds by Kemsa to approve charges against accused officials.
"The constitution provides that the DPP must exercise State powers of prosecution with regard to the public interest, the interests of the administration of justice and the need to prevent and avoid abuse of the legal process," read a statement by the DPP.
"Having carefully analysed the report by the team and considering the requirements for a strong and successful prosecution, I have come to the same conclusion that the identified areas should be covered by the EACC," he added.
The DPP said that upon concluding reviewing files of the alleged beneficiaries, “it has emerged that the scope of the investigations is massive, with several witnesses, entities and thousands of documents to be examined.”
DPP Haji further noted that he is yet to receive a Special Audit Report on the Utilization of Covid-19 Funds by KEMSA from the Auditor General Nancy Gathungu.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had on August 26, given EACC 21 days to conclude investigations into alleged irregular procurement and fraudulent payments.