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Kenyan president sacks health officials for mosquito net scam

The president of Kenyan William Ruto sacked a principal secretary in charge of public health and disbanded the entire board of the medical supplies agency over a corruption scandal.

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) was tasked by the Global Fund to obtain more than 10 million mosquito nets to be distributed to low-income households in about half of the country that are malaria-endemic.

Global Fund later canceled the tender accusing the Kenyan Medical Supplies Authority of irregularities by allegedly favoring a company whose documents were not trusted and unfairly locking out others.

The scam – a bungled tender involving the supply of donor-funded treated mosquito nets purposed to protect against mosquitos that caused malaria was worth $ 27 million.

In 2020, there were claims of misappropriation of millions of dollars that were supposed to buy personal protective equipment and other critical health facilities during the Covid pandemic by the Kenyan Medical Supplies Authority.


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