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.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.