Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe appeared before National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC) on Thursday, April 29, 2021 to clear his name over his alleged involvement in Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) scandal.
While appearing before the National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC), Murathe denied all the allegations leveled against him over the KEMSA scandal.
During the presentation session, Jubilee Vice-Chairman claimed that Kilig Limited had changed its ownership to the close associates of Deputy President William Ruto adding that he did not benefit from the Ksh. 4 billion reportedly awarded to Kilig Ltd.
He further stated that the tender process was cancelled, and that he was only a signatory to the bank accounts of Kilig in which his role was just to assure that the firm would be paid once the tender process was completed.
The PIC Chairman who is also the Member of Parliament for Mvita Constituency, Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, however, argued that Murathe’s claims were unrealistic despite him presenting letters and other evidence to prove his innocence.
“This is the first time I have seen one company with different bank signatures. One by Murathe another by Ruto’s associate. There is more than meets the eye here. I will write to the bank and KEMSA and ask them to provide all evidence as one of these letters indicates that Kilig revived the tender once it was cancelled,” Nassir said.
Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim, questioned Murathe’s on whether he was aware that he was guaranteeing payment of supply of personal protective equipment (PEPs) worth Ksh 4 billion, the amount almost half of KAMSA’s Ksh 7.8 billion budget.
Murathe stated that he was not aware that the Ksh. 4 billion he guaranteed was nearly the whole amount of KEMSA budget. He accused the Wajir East lawmaker of being Ruto’s ally.
“I was not aware of the amount involved. I was not aware that the Ksh.4 billion I guaranteed was nearly the whole amount of KEMSA budget. Once the tender was cancelled, I never benefited from any deal,” Murathe stated.
His remarks sparked uproar in the house forcing the PIC Chairman Nassir to ask Murathe to apologise over his statement.
Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino who appeared to defend Murathe accused Rashid of politicising the matter.
“These MPs are Tanga Tanga and we all know that. MP Rashid is politicising this investigation. He is perceiving Murathe to be guilty yet he is not. I am defending Murathe because the truth is that there was no Ksh. 4 billion involved in this case, and Murathe was not given any money as claimed,” Babu said.
The jubilee Vice Chairman dismissed claims of being involved in the KEMSA scandal noting that he has never supplied any Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
“It’s very sad that some of us are treated as poster boys of the scandal. I have never supplied any mask and even my relatives are thinking I am a Covid billionaire. People are calling me asking me to give them money,” Murathe stated.