Governors want Sh38bn medical equipment deal probed

June 10, 2015 5:30 pm
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Council of Governors chairman Peter Munya on Tuesday said this was agreed after wide-ranging consultations amongst the county chiefs/MIKE KARIUKI
Council of Governors chairman Peter Munya on Tuesday said this was agreed after wide-ranging consultations amongst the county chiefs/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 10 – The Council of Governors on Wednesday wrote to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission secretariat asking it to investigate the Sh38 billion Managed Medical Equipment Services (MES) Project.

In the letter, CoG Chairman Peter Munya said that while they succumbed to pressure to accept the leased medical equipment, they wanted assurance that its procurement was above board.

“The Governors have been under a lot of pressure both from the public and the National Government to agree and sign the MOU prepared by the National Government to effectively start the project,” Munya wrote.

Despite bowing to the pressure, he said, they were still not clear on the terms of the contract entered into by the national government and that would now be passed on to them.

“The national government has failed to make available the main contract with contractors that are providing the equipment and other services during the life of the project.”

A state of ignorance, he claimed, that was the result of the national government’s failure to engage the county governments from the onset.

“The entire process has been undertaken by the National Government without consultation with counties as required by law and Governors have raised questions that the National Government is yet to answer,” he stated in the letter addressed to EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo.

He also informed the commission that the Auditor General had also been called upon to, “audit the entire process.”

In May, the Council petitioned the Senate to conduct its own investigation on the same grounds outlined above.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on commissioning the first set of equipment in Machakos county urged the Governors to get on board with the project arguing that it was what was best for Kenyans.

“This way our people don’t have to travel all the way to Nairobi to access dialysis and other critical health services. This way, we deliver on the promise to bring services closer to the people,” he said.

The MES aims to equip a level 4 and a level 5 hospital in each of the 47 counties with dialysis machines, theatre equipment and ICU beds.

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