Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has shrugged off corruption allegations level against him and the ministry of Health after disappearing from national television for four days.
In a press statement released late this evening, the embattled Heath CS says he was obliged to respond to public’s concern on reported brazen waste of taxpayer resources.
CS Kagwe was on the spot after his Ministry appeared before the Health Committee of the National Assembly chaired by Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege where he gave a breakdown of how they had spent Kshs 1 billion during their operations as the ministry dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
In the document, the ministry is said to have used Sh42 million to lease 15 ambulances, Sh14.4 million to maintain and fuel 30 vehicles used by its officers across the country , Sh13.5 million to accommodate 30 health care workers, Sh2 million for airtime for some of its 500 staff for a period of three months, Sh4 million was used to buy tea and snacks, Sh70 million for communications and advertisement, Sh6.5 million to procure stationery, Printing of quarantine and travellers’ forms and discharge forms consumed Sh9 million, Sh11.8 million was used to procure and install call centres among others.
Reacting to the heavy criticism by Kenyans over the exorbitant spending by the Ministry of Health, CS Mutahi Kagwe said him too was disappointed by his staff who failed on their mandate and giving reasons that span inefficiency to corruption.
Below is the CS Kagwe full statement;
“Good Evening. I have debated posting tonight but am doing so because I read your comments and appreciate your sentiments and fears. As a Kenyan, I too have been disappointed by leaders who fail us for reasons that span inefficiency to corruption. The allegations you are seeing are based on this trend: public skepticism and pessimism. I get it. And so I am here to let you know that among us is a cohort that believes in exploitation and that thinks that by spreading lies, innuendo and propaganda, I will be intimidated and worse, lose the trust of you – – the Kenyan – – who believes in our cause and my integrity. They want us sidetracked. I am no greenhorn; I have seen such mischief before, wasn’t intimated then and will not be intimidated now. Watch my actions, they will illustrate this.
The job at hand is simple: save lives in the most cost efficient way and accomplish this in collaboration with the people this position devotes me to: YOU.
So, in pointing out the fakeness of the financial analyses making the circuit, I am sure that you will agree with me this is not the appropriate forum for me to delve into detailed accounting, balance sheets et all. But that is coming. You need transparency and will get it in a manner detailed enough for your critical analyses. Suffice it to say, there will be no theft of COVID-19 resources under my watch and if there is any truth regarding the misuse of COVID-19 funds, beyond being disheartened, I guarantee you that those responsible will be out of the ministry faster than we can blink. Propaganda or not, we, WILL sanitize the healthcare system…so God help us.” Health CS Mutahi Kagwe