Senate grills CS Yatani over ARV crisis – KBC

Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yattani, was Monday hard pressed to explain how the antiretroviral drugs distribution framework found itself in a crisis putting the lives of over 1.4 million Kenyans living with HIV/AIDS at risk.

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Yattani told the Senate Health Committee led by Senator Michael Mbito that the USAID drugs in question were imported to Kenya without a formal engagement framework but the government had to intervene to facilitate the clearances and distribution.

At the same time Yattani was asked to explain measures the government has put in place to reduce over reliance on donor funding.

Yattani also told the committee that 7 billion shillings has been set aside for the purchase of Covid 19 vaccines in this financial year and government intends to allocate more in the next financial year to cushion Kenyans from the pandemic.

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Meanwhile Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua, who also appeared virtually before the committee over Covid19 funds queries denied payment of undelivered items, failure to notify bidders of the outcome of the bidding process contrary to the public procurement and assets disposal act of 2015, and double payment of staff.

In his defense the governor told the committee the mistakes were as a result of typing errors in the documents and the county is in the process of recovering the overpaid monies.

Machakos county was also required to explain the use of 97 million shillings for medical allowances which was not budgeted and approved by the county assembly.


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