KENYAN HEALTH MINISTER SAYS WILL NOT STEP DOWN OVER MISAPPROPRIATION SCANDAL

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Health, Cleopa Mailu, says he will not step down over a scandal concerning the alleged misappropriation of five billion shillings (about 49.35 million US dollars) at his ministry in the 2015/2016 fiscal year.

Mailu said here Friday that it was regrettable that the leaked audit report went public prematurely before his ministry could conduct final verification, which made it difficult for the Ministry to make responses to queries raised.

Addressing the media at the Ministry’s Afya House headquarters here, he added that he had launched an internal audit which would offer answers to the questions raised in the audit report.

Mailu could neither agree with nor deny the alleged siphoning of funds at his ministry, calling for patience as investigations into the matter continues. “We shall abide by the outcome of the investigations into the 5.0 billion scandal,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

Opposition Leader Raila Odinga has weighed in on the matter calling for the resignation of the Cabinet Secretary and his Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) over the matter.

“This latest scam is a scorched earth war on the most vulnerable in our population; mothers on the verge of giving birth and innocent babies,” said Raila.

Earlier, officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) raided the Ministry of Health headquarters at Afya House as they commenced investigations in to the scandal.

EACC Deputy Chief Executive Officer Michael Mubea told journalists the anti-graft special team was collecting crucial documents from the Health Ministry which could provide leads to the alleged disappearance of funds.

The leaked audit report showed that money may have been misappropriated through diversion of funds, double payments for goods, or manipulation of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) during the 2015/2016 year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.