Going by the recent news about businessmen who have captured the Kenyan political world owing to their deep pockets in financing politicians, there’s something cooking in the pot of Uhuru Kenyatta and it might not be good.
The news that some Coronapreneurs are prowling around the Ministry of Health and Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has always been done by blogs. By going mainstream, it appears that someone is about to be sacrificed, or the signalling of the end of corona news as done by Mutahi Kagwe and his people.
Some blogs have named people around the president as being the ones that have benefited in the COVID-19 pandemic by capturing and diverting funds, and medical supplies to private hands.
‘Little coronapreneuers with faceless bosses’
On May 30th 2020, NTV reported that four staff at Afya House, the Ministry of Health (MoH) headquarters had refused to be reassigned.
The four were named as Morekwa Moranga, the Undersecretary MoH, Hezekiel Chepkwony, head of Quality Assurance Laboratory, his deputy Pius Wanjala, and Fridah Govedi who is the Director of the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services.
The transfers are among a raft of measures the new Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe was undertaking to ‘rid the Afya House’ of cartels.
The fuming CS didn’t know he was shaking the hornet’s nest, but it would soon become clear.
Mafya House, as it is infamously known, is a den of thieves and the corruption that has gone on inside that building has been extensively covered.
In attempting to disrupt the ‘status quo’ of looting at MoH, Mutahi Kagwe was up against a formidable team of crooks. He soon found out that some people are close to the center of power.
In a brief that appeared in a local newspaper, the CS is reported to have been ‘summoned by a prominent businessman, where he was given a dress-down’. It is also reported that he promised to back down on his anti-corruption stance.
Kagwe, a Kibaki-era Cabinet minister who was used to the ‘steal a little’, to the Jubilee Regime ‘steal everything’ mantra was also ordered to tell Ethics and Anti-corruption commission – EACC to go slow on Afya House cartels.
NTV had ended its 4 minute report by asking a key statement, ‘It is however not clear how the said officers (4 named above) continue to discharge their responsibilities and refuse reassignment”
The four refused to be transferred even though they were among the 30 that were reportedly moved from Afya House on 13th May 2020.
The transfers came hot on the heels of tough talk by Mr Kagwe to clean up the mess at the ministry, for decades the theatre of multibillion-shilling scandals.
The brief makes it clear, the four Moranga, Chepkwony, Wanjala and Govedi are part and parcel of a powerful cartel that have taken the health ministry hostage, siphoning billions of money, diverting covid-19 test kits and other PPE equipments for commercial gain etc.
But there’s more.