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Raila defends ODM position on KEMSA graft allegations, calls for audit

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ODM leader Raila Odinga has come out to defend the party’s position over Ksh 43 billion graft allegations at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

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In a press statement issued on Monday, Odinga insisted that a special audit be conducted first to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.

“As matters stand now, none of the people taking to the podium or social media to condemn theft of funds has any evidence. The so-called condemnations of theft could well be part of a cover-up,” said Odinga.

The ODM leader in his statement also made it clear that the party would not defend anyone, including members or relatives and friends of its officials, found to have benefitted from funds and other resources meant for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Suna East MP Junet Muhamed after the said statement engaged in an exchange for words on social media.

Junet in support of his party leader said that the ODM members are also calling for an exhaustive audit that produces incontrovertible evidence to make a watertight case against anyone found culpable.

In conclusion, Junet asked what Tangatanga was calling for as he tagged Murkomen and Ahmednassir Abdullahi aka The Grand Mullah

Murkomen in his response called for Junet’s immediate resignation and arrest as he (Junet) waited for his fellow suppliers to meet him in the corridors of justice.

Junet who was clearly agitated by Murkomens’ response told him off as he also pointed an accusing finger towards him saying that he did not want to lose his head and get rattled like he (Murkomen) did when he was mentioned in the NYS scandal.”

Murkomen didn’t stop there as he went ahead to directly engage the ODM party leader on the same saying that “it is so strange that no Jubilee leader in the National Assembly or Senate who has come out to defend the KEMSA COVID-19 heist, not even Tuju. Ironically ODM Party Leader and SG are busy outdoing each other as to who can give the best defense to the looters.”

Odinga’s statement comes amid heavy criticism of the Orange party following remarks made by ODM’s Secretary General Edwin Sifuna which were understood as downplaying of the graft reports at the Health Ministry.

Sifuna, who also called for an audit to ascertain whether COVID-19 funds had been stolen, accused the media of sensationalizing the matter.

“Initial reports of wrongdoing can come from any source. It is very well possible that some of the claims we are hearing are originating from people with vendor interests at KEMSA,” said Sifuna over the weekend.

“It is our position as a party that it would be best for the procurement of all COVID-related items by KEMSA to be subjected to an audit. It is from the audit that we can see recommendations for investigation and prosecution of individuals. It’s only an audit that can ascertain the veracity of some of these claims.”



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