Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has been linked to the multi-billion Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) scandal at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa).

Appearing before the National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee on Tuesday, suspended Kemsa procurement director Charles Juma dragged Sakaja’s name into the scandal.

According to Juma, his secretary told him that Sakaja was at one point at Kemsa CEO Jonah Manjari’s office when they were being pressured by the latter to come up with the latter to come up with a letter of commitment for a company dubbed Shop N Buy.

Juma told the committee that he was away when his secretary identified as Pamela Kaburu called him regarding the CEO’s directive to a commitment letter for Shop N Buy.

“When she got there, she found Senator Sakaja seated there. I don’t know whether the letter was for the senator,” he said.


The Shop N Buy company is among entities being investigated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission for being involved in the Kemsa scandal.

In his defence, Senator Sakaja noted that he visited the Kemsa CEO’s office as then chairperson of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Covid-19.

“I was chairman of Covid-19 Ad Hoc committee. I have no links with Shop N Buy. I’m neither a director nor shareholder there,” Sakaja said as quoted by a local daily.