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MPs told of Amoth’s text to Kemsa boss in graft probe

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Health director-general Patrick Amoth. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Kaloleni MP Paul Katana produced a text message that Dr Amoth allegedly sent to Kemsa CEO in a bid to push for the issuance of a commitment letter to a company known as Roxxy Ventures.
  • Appearing before the committee, Dr Amoth refuted the claims saying at no time did he influence any tender at Kemsa.
  • Dr Amoth also denied having any relationship with the eight companies mentioned on Tuesday that Mr Manjari offered commitment letters to in total disregard of the law.

Revelations have emerged at a parliamentary committee meeting that acting director general in the Ministry of Health, Patrick Amoth sent a text message to suspended Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) CEO Jonah Manjari to give a commitment letter to a company to supply Covid-19 materials.

In Wednesday’s deliberations, Kaloleni MP Paul Katana produced a text message that Dr Amoth allegedly sent to Kemsa CEO in a bid to push for the issuance of a commitment letter to a company known as Roxxy Ventures.

Mr Katana claimed that the owner of Roxxy Ventures, David Munene had earlier talked to Dr Amoth to bid for him in an effort to get a tender to supply Covid-19 related materials to Kemsa. The text that Dr Amoth sent to Mr Manjari, according to Mr Katana read “Hi Daktari, please consider as earlier discussed.”

Appearing before the committee, Dr Amoth refuted the claims saying at no time did he influence any tender at Kemsa.

“Did you at any time send this message to the CEO?” asked Mr Katana.

“I’m not aware of the message and I did not text the CEO,” Dr Amoth said.

It is not clear whether Roxxy Ventures got the tender as it is not among the list of pre-qualified companies at Kemsa that supplied PPEs. Dr Amoth, however, admitted many people came to his office to look for tenders to supply Covid-19 materials but he directed them to Kemsa.

“I can confirm that many people came to the Ministry of Health and specifically to my office expressing an intent to supply the items. But I directed them to Kemsa because that is the procurement entity for the ministry of health,” Dr Amoth said.

Dr Amoth also denied having any relationship with the eight companies mentioned on Tuesday that Mr Manjari offered commitment letters to in total disregard of the law.

The firms that won tenders cumulatively worth Sh2.1 billion in complete disregard of the law include Regal Freighters, Northlink GSC Ltd, Meraky Healthcare, Everywhere Distributors, LA Miguela Holdings Ltd, Shop and Buy, Midlife Biological and Komtel Kenya.