Interesting times and not even a crisis can hinder kleptomaniacs from dipping their hands into baskets meant to fight pandemics.
On April 1st, President Uhuru Kenyatta established the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund to mobilize resources for containing the spread, effects and impact of the pandemic. The President went ahead to urge all Kenyans of goodwill to help raise funds and that the Country banks on their support.
On 21st April, the fund’s board chaired by one Jane Karuku who is also the Kenya Breweries Limited Managing Director released a Press Statement detailing that they had managed to raise Sh1.2 billion.
These records are not in tandem with the amount publicly donated towards the kitty. For instance, on 7th April, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) jointly presented a donation of Sh 2 billion, proceeds they said were recovered from graft and which was to be part of the Covid-19 emergency fund.
Kenyan Report confirms that the Sh 2billion is not on the list of donations and has not been accounted for. The Karuku chaired board detailed that in cash, they had received Ksh917 million, Ksh370 million in terms of material resources, that is, food and non-food items with over 21 private and public firms contributing.
While donating the Ksh2 billion Haji explained that the money had been generated from proceeds of corruption cases adding that a lot more money is out there but because cases are not complete.
“The bulk of the money came from deferred prosecutions which we entered with the banks under the NYS program, a number of other plea bargains and voluntary surrender of money by individuals who were to be prosecuted,” he added.
However, pushed for answers, the office of the DP has come out to defend the board saying there were certain formalities that were incomplete so the end of the week, the money will be there.
On Thursday, April 16, Kenyatta urged the board members of the Covid-19 fund to ensure that the process set up by private and public firms to raise money was coordinated smoothly to hasten service delivery.
“This fund should be responsive and should not be inhibited by bureaucracy and must be open to innovation and technology in the delivery of assistance to our people. I do not want to hear of needless delays and frustrations. We must expedite our ability to deliver this assistance to our people in the shortest possible