The ruling Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe on Thursday appeared before the National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC) to shed light on his role in the ksh7.8 billion (approximately $72 million) scandal at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).
Murathe is accused of being a signatory for Kilig Limited; a company awarded an Sh4 billion (about $37million) tender to supply 450,000 personal protective equipment to Kemsa, a transaction sub-contracted to ENTEC LIMITED.
The firm was awarded the lucrative contract two months after registration meaning it was not pre-qualified for the tender.
Murathe dismissed any involvement in the scandal, saying he was only requested to be a signatory for Kilig Limited.
“It is very sad when we allow this kind of innuendo. I have never supplied, not even a single mask or PPE. It is so sad people think I am Covid-19 millionaire and everybody is calling me for money,” he said.
The Jubilee Vice-chair further denied holding any leadership position in the company, noting that it belongs to Deputy President William Ruto’s close associates and a Chinese national.
“I am not the director of Killig, I did not receive a contract from KEMSA, and I did not supply KEMSA. Killig is a company owned by people connected to the DP; they approach people who can finance the company through the lawyer and transfer ownership to the new owners, “ Murathe narrated.
He further denied being aware that he was guaranteeing payment of supply of PEPs worth ksh4 billion ($37 million).
“I was not aware of the amount involved. I was not aware that the Ksh4 billion I guaranteed was nearly the whole amount of KEMSA budget. Once the tender was cancelled, I never benefited from any deal,” he added.
He told the committee he ceased to be a signatory of the firm last year August after Kemsa cancelled its commitment letter to Kilig.