Estama owner says he’s done clean business with Health Ministry in Sh5bn scam

October 28, 2016 10:21 pm
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Njage Kamanga says he bought the company from the initial directors of the firm but somehow the change of ownership was not captured at the Company's registry in the State Law Office/FILE
Njage Kamanga says he bought the company from the initial directors of the firm but somehow the change of ownership was not captured at the Company’s registry in the State Law Office/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – One of the shareholders of the companies mentioned in the Sh5 billion Ministry of health scam has come out to clear the air over the shareholding of Estama Investment Limited.

Njage Makanga says he bought the company from the initial directors of the firm but somehow the change of ownership was not captured at the Company’s registry in the State Law Office.

“I want to state very clearly that the contract awarded to my firm was fulfilled to the expectations according to the contractual agreements. I also paid the relevant taxes in that regard. The documents or any other detail of this contract are available for inspection,” said Makanga.

In a statement to the media, Makanga says he bought shares of the company way back in early 2015 and as such he’s the proprietor of the firm.

“I wish to clarify that I purchased one thousand (1000) shares for valuable consideration in the capital of ESTAMA INVESTMENTS LIMITED pursuant to a written Sale Agreement dated 28th January 2015 from the then shareholders AMBROSE MAKANGA NGARI and ESTHER WAHITO MAKANGA and that the Vendors of those shares are no longer shareholders or directors of that company since the said sale of their shares to myself. I therefore confirm that the said AMBROSE MAKANGA NGARI and ESTHER WAHITO MAKANGA no longer have any legal or beneficial interest in the company since the 28th January 2015,” he states in his statement.

Makanga has also come out to dispute the alleged scam the firm is reportedly involved with saying the dealings with the Health Ministry was genuine and above board.

“I also wish to categorically state that all the company’s dealings with the Ministry of Health since I acquired the Shares have been above board and the alleged “scam” cited by your reporter and Editors is a figment of their fertile imagination without any iota of truth,” the businessman states.

A section of the media had reported that the records of the firms that was allegedly involved in the sh5 billion scam had had its documents vanished from the state office.

But early on Friday the State Law office clarified that all documents relating to three of the companies were intact, disputing reports in the media.

At the same time the bosses at the Health Ministry have maintained the innocence over the alleged scam and instead maintained that the issue was still at preliminary stage and that they will in a few days time clear the air on the audit query.

The Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu urged Kenyans to give them and other government agencies time to investigate the questions raised by the internal auditor.

In their first press conference since the matter was exposed by the Business Daily, Mailu who was accompanied by Muraguri called for patience to enable investigators from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission complete their work.

The CS who spoke shortly after Muraguri had issued a letter addressed to the Kenya Union of Journalists apologising for threats he made to a Business Daily journalist who reported on the alleged misappropriation, said he and Muraguri will stay put at the ministry pending the conclusion of the audit report.

The CS who admitted of the existence of the audit report however said that officials at the ministry were yet to respond to audit queries raised by the internal auditor promising to take action against those found liable for diverting public funds.

According to Mailu, the internal audit which was sanctioned by the ministry in a bid to ensure compliance with procedures stipulated in the Public Finance Management Act.

Mailu however pointed out that the ministry followed the right procedures in spending the supplementary estimates for the financial year 2015/16.

“The supplementary estimates requested in the amount of Sh865,795,750 were approved and appropriated as provided for by the Public Finance Management Act, and other relevant laws,” asserted Mailu.

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