The Covid-19 millionaires scandal has taken a new twist with Transport CAS Chris Obure spilling the beans on how donations by Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma were lost.
While appearing before the National Assembly Health Committee on Thursday, September 3 to shed more light on accusations that Ministry of Health officials sold the donations as part of their plot to embezzle Covid-19 funds, Obure confirmed that the country lost part of the donations.
He clarified that 21 packages of assorted medical supplies did not reach Nairobi from Ethiopia and the country’s authorities had been contacted about the same.
He added that five other consignments were received and stored in Kenya Medical Supplies Agency warehouses in Nairobi.
“We received what we received in the manner in which it was packaged and dispatched from the source (Jack Ma Foundation (China). Am not aware if there was any repackaging in Addis Ababa.
“The 21 packages were missing after we verified with the parking documents from China. We realized that 21 packages were short delivered, I assure you we will continue to pursue the matter with the Ministry of Health to ensure they are delivered,” Obure stated.
He also defended the Ministry from all accusations of wrongdoing.
“My ministry’s role was to clear the goods at JKIA. Administratively we are in charge of the clearing agency. The matter is in the hands of MoH & Foreign Affairs. Again, the government clearing agency has been moved to the Treasury and as a ministry, we now have no stand in this matter,” Obure argued.