The ‘sacred cows’ stole billions from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), the National Youth Service and more through the Leased Medical Equipment Scheme
Despite President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vow to send to jail those who steal public funds, those who have been jailed by the courts are just but a handful, the angry threats by the head of state are now seen as nothing but hot air. President Kenyatta has only five months left in power with the worst possible record in the fight against mega corruption.
It’s under his watch that a staggering amount of money, running into billions of shillings has been stolen from public coffers with several senior government officials charged. But Mr Kenyatta’s administration is about to come to an end, while state bureaucrats laugh all the way to the bank!
President Kenyatta prepares to exit with the worst possible record of a soaring external debt burden now at Ksh. 9 trillion, a good chunk of the money stolen by well-connected bureaucrats some with links to the First family. The “sacred cows” stole billions from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), billions from the National Youth Service and more billions stolen through the Leased Medical Equipment Scheme. meant for all 47 counties, the equipment failed to work as planned for lack of trained manpower but the Kenya taxpayer continues to foot the bill monthly. Afya house is still a “Mafia house” as health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe has mentioned in the past.
The international donor community has given up on the Jubilee governments’ ever concluding any major corruption court cases. The donor community seem to have decided to wait for a change of regime in Nairobi after the August 9th elections with many of them discounting President Kenyatta’s legacy in the fight against graft.
Mr Githongo said President Kenyatta could be held to account once he is out of power over money stolen under his watch after having admitted that the country loses Ksh. 2 billion daily to graft
Former anti-graft Czar and Katiba Watch human rights crusader John Githongo lays all the blame for the failure to stem the tide of corruption on President Kenyatta and his family. Mr Githongo claims “sacred cows” had scared off investigators from DCI and EACC in major corruption scandals in which the country had lost billions. Githongo accused Kenyatta of weighing down the country through heavy external borrowing only for the cash to be stolen.
He said the recent survey showing four out of every ten Kenyans were unable to pay house rent was a serious indictment on the Kenyatta regime. “Under him, the country’s economy has been run down as widespread poverty eroded family incomes”
Mr Githongo said President Kenyatta could be held to account once he is out of power over money stolen under his watch after having admitted that the country loses Ksh. 2 billion daily to graft. “As head of state commanding state agencies, he failed to stop graft”, argued Githongo strongly backed by former chief justice Willy Mutunga. Mutunga challenged Kenyatta to come clean on family wealth claims as exposed by the Pandora Papers to put speculations to rest.
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