When the leased medical equipment scandal first became public in 2014, officials in the ministry of health denied any knowledge of the scam
The importation into Kenya of leased medical equipment that included sophisticated radiology CT scans and X-ray machines could easily be described as Kenya’s worst financial scam under President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ten-year tenure. The Items were imported into the country in a process that was shrouded in mystery and handed over to the ministry of health.
When the scandal first became public in 2014, officials in the ministry of health denied knowledge of the scam. There were allegations that relatives to a prominent Kenyan political family had brokered the deal, they made a Ksh. 10 billion windfall.
Experts have described the equipment as “obsolete, grossly inflated and over-priced ”
Later the equipment was deployed to county hospitals but remained idle for lack of technicians to man them. But the country has continued to pay millions to the suppliers each month for dysfunctional equipment, largely lying idle causing multi-lateral donors to raise the red flag.
Experts have described the equipment as “obsolete, grossly inflated and over-priced ” they added that the money currently being remitted each month to the Chinese equipment supplier could easily have built and equipped new hospitals!
Strangely President Uhuru Kenyatta did not dwell on the issue in his 8th state of the nation address in parliament a week ago. The president spoke widely about challenges posed by Covid 19 and HIV/AIDS.
Yet questions have kept lingering with multi-lateral donors demanding that Nairobi stop the “public wastage” of scarce resources. They have pointed at the soaring public debt wage bill as already past the acceptable GDP-debt international threshold ratio.
With one of Africa’s most expensive elections coming up in 2022, donors are warning Kenya could be crossing into the “red zone”! The country could be declared bankrupt like Greece in 2010 which had to be rescued by multi-lateral lenders through a “Marshall plan.” They want President Kenyatta to cancel the medical equipment lease agreement before he leaves office in 2022 to save the country scarce resources.
There’s no story that cannot be told. We cover the stories that others don’t want to be told, we bring you all the news you need. If you have tips, exposes or any story you need to be told bluntly and all queries write to us [email protected] also find us on twitter.