A fresh scandal is looming at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) following the latest revelation of list of items that have disappeared from its warehouse.
Global Fund has revealed that 908,000 mosquito nets, 1.1 million condoms and tuberculosis drugs worth KSh 10 million cannot be accounted for.
The Switzerland-based organization believe that the lost items were stolen and sold to private entities including chemists.
It also revealed of suspected fake suppliers demanding KSh 1.66 billion from KEMSA.
“We identified 165 long outstanding/undelivered local purchase orders (LPOs) valued at KSh1.66 billion. The high number of LPOs without attached delivery notes poses the risk of fake suppliers or diverted procurements,” Global Fund said in a statement.
KEMSA was also put on the spot over expired drugs in their warehouse even as hospitals lament drugs shortages.
The latest scandal has elicited mixed reactions with a section of netizens recalling the first scandal around supply of COVID-19 items that saw billions stolen by cartels.
Here are some of the reactions:
@SeweS_: I don’t know why Kenyans believe that Police is the most corrupt section of our country. Have you guys ever heard of MoH and its line agencies? KEMSA is in the news again.
@Osama_Otero: The other time there was a shortage of condoms and ARVs in the country. Right now condoms and other drugs are being stollen from KEMSA. It is getting darker everyday.
@kevFULT: It is very shameless to steal from the sick. Karma should get hold of whoever keeps stealing at KEMSA!
@JeffreyJey: Some time back KEMSA was put under KDF, what really happened? Thought Kdf were going to streamline the entire body.