KEMSA CEO Jonah Mwangi has been suspended due to alleged irregular purchase of COVID-19 goods.
The allegation revolve around the procurement process of masks and PPE’s among others using the billions availed to fight the pandemic.
Kembi Gitura, KEMSA board chairman made the announcement to suspend the CEO and two others pending investigations by the EACC.
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The two others are Head of Procurement Mr. Charles Juma and Commercial Director Eliud Mureithi.
In his speech,Kembi Gitura said that the two will first be investigated by EACC detectives and if they are found guilty the board will meet and make a decision.
Among the things EACC will investigate is how the companies earned the tenders and if they followed the law pertaining issuance of tenders.
It is alleged that KEMSA through the CEO purchase the COVID-19 goods at double the market price required.
In his defense, Jonah Mwangi called on Kenyans to reconsider the time at which the goods were purchased as there was a rush by countries to buy them.