UPDATE 03. May 2021: Today is International Press Freedom Day. Information is the currency of the free world. In solidarity with all persecuted journalists. FREE JULIAN ASSANGE + WAKE-UP CALL TO THE AFRICAN YOUTH

UPDATE 01. May 2021: German journalist attacked by Kenyan police at protest in Nairobi - German Reporter Injured in CBD Protests - Kenya Police on the Spot After Shooting German Journalist During Protests in Nairobi - KENYA HUNGER REVOLUTION IS STARTING - #Njaarevolution - Residents Flee Nairobi After Uhuru Opens LOCKDOWN Borders [VIDEO] #UnlockOurCountry

ImageUPDATE 21. January 2021: The Vaccine That Kenya Needs - The XYZ Show

UPDATE 11. December 2020: 27-Year Old Woman Takes Heat for Company in Ksh 4 Billion Tender

UPDATE 11. November 2020: Another Turncoat? Health CS Kagwe says his remarks ‘dismissing’ COVID-19 vaccine were misinterpreted

UPDATE 25. August 2020: MPs order Sh134bn Covid funds audit

UPDATE 24. August 2020: Deep audit of Kemsa is needed urgently + Conscience dead in Kenya + Kemsa: Here Is A Complete Exposé Of The Rot And Corruption At KEMSA

UPDATE 17. August 2020: Kemsa bosses face charges over Sh7.8bn Covid-19 kits + #Covid19Millionaires : KEMSA UNABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR KSH43 BILLION COVID-19 FUNDS

UPDATE 04. August 2020: Fresh Details! David Murathe at the Centre of the Ksh 4 Billion COVID-19 Scandal + Ivy Minyow Onyango! Unmasking Gorgeous Girl Behind COVID-19 Billions

UPDATE 03. August 2020: Who is Ivy Minyow Onyango, the 4 Billion KEMSA Tender Lady?

New COVID-19 Related Frauds Prove That Corruption in Kenya is Perpetuated From State House

President Uhuru Kenyatta (Image/Courtesy)

By  - 30. J

This is a fight that Kenya must win. We must be transparent so that when you do your business… your business succeeds not on the basis of who you know but how you do your business.

These were the exact words of President Uhuru Kenyatta in May 2019, as he declared intensified fight against corruption.

A year and two months after the promise, corruption seems to be the order of the day, not only in the state house but also deeply rooted in the first family and the President’s closest friends.

The recent revelations of the rot in the Ministry of Health without any doubt show a government rotten to the core, where family and friends of the President plunder public funds without fear.

Just last week, Foreign Affairs PS Kamau Macharia questioned the management of billions spent in the COVID-19 pandemic stating that the government’s plan on contact tracing had collapsed.

“For all the billions that have been spent on this campaign, it’s hard to imagine that at the point of contact where the disease actually happens, there is no system to make sure that we have access to proper care and the proper contact tracing is actually done to keep track of those who are not well or maybe infecting others,” PS Macharia said in a WhatsApp conversation with top government officials.

Yesterday, the PS who has now become a victim of the virus, said he did not know where to refer to people who wanted to be tested.

“I have done my own contact tracing and I have informed all the people who came in contact with me in the 10 days prior to my test and since. They keep asking me where to go for test and I don’t know what to tell them,” Macharia said.

Read: Controversial Mobile Clinics Rotting In Mombasa As Ksh1 Billion Taxpayers’ Money Sublimes

This raises more questions than answers, when a senior government official says he “does not know”, in such a moment when close to 400 have succumbed to the virus.

Macharia’s revelations come months after the country received hundreds of billions in aid and loans to contain the deadly virus, that has brought the world to its knees.

The money includes Ksh78.3 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ksh108 billion from the World Bank, Ksh22.5 billion from the African Development Bank.

The European Union sent grants worth Ksh7.5 billion, on to of another World Bank’s support of Ksh6.8 billion.

Over Ksh200 billion was ready in the fight against Covid-19, but how it has been used puts to question the government’s effort in both fights, fight against corruption and fight against Covid-19.

A perfect example is that of Kilig Limited owned by 30-year old Ivy Onyango which was awarded a Ksh4 billion months after registration.

Unknown to many, the company is not owned by Ivy, she was just used as a scapegoat. The company was initially registered by Wilbroad Gatei Gachoka alongside a Chinese national Zhu Jinping, before details were changed to indicate that it was owned by Ivy.

Its post office address was P.O. Box 36814-00200 Nairobi, the same address used in another company belonging to Mr Gatei. While offloading the shares to the young advocate, Gatei also forgot to remove his Safaricom number in the contacts, according to a company search of August 3.

Wilbroad Gatei Gachoka is a brother to media personality Tony Gachoka, and a personal assistant to Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe.

After being awarded the tender, the company subcontracted Entec Technology Company Ltd to supply the PPEs, at Ksh3 billion. A profit of Ksh1 billion without doing anything was assured.

Mr Gatei was sacked as the chairman of KPCU in December 2019 after being implicated in a Ksh5 billion scandal.

Ziwala Limited, a company owned by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s relatives Ms Samantha Ngina Muthama and June Nduta Kinyua, received a tender to supply PPEs at inflated prices.

Another company Shop ‘N’ Buy Limited registered on February 14, 2020 was awarded a Ksh970 million contract to supply 100,000 PPE kits, each at an approximate price of Ksh9,000. The company was also allowed to supply another 100,000 pieces of KN95 masks at Ksh700 a piece.

The company is owned by Mr James Kipketer Chululey, who told Daily Nation that he broke no law.

Other companies that got a share of the Covid-19 billions include Wallabis Ventures Limited, owned by Ms Catherine Wanjiku Ndungu and James Njenga Ndungu (Ksh90 million), Light Up Africa Limited, owned by Ms Emma Wanjiku Maina and Martha Wanjiru Thuku (Ksh25 million), Nanopay Limited owned by Mr Ahmed Rahim Mohamud Mohammed (Ksh35 million and Medlife Biologicals Limited (Ksh230 million).

Others include Bell Industriesowned by Mr Titus Kirea Ibui and Mercy Karambu Ngeera (Ksh35 million), Abyssinia Group of Industries (AGI) (Ksh27 million), Accenture Kenya Limited (Ksh108 million)and Wanderjoy Party World Limited (catering).

In May, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe vowed to crush ‘cartels’ in the Ministry of Health, but some very senior employees of the government who were perceived to be part of the cartels refused to be transferred. Seemingly, they enjoy protection from higher authorities, and Kagwe seems to have given up.

Despite the Ethics and Ati-corruption Commission launching investigations into the Covid-19 billions, the investigations might not see the light of the day, like we have seen previously in scandals involving the first family.

In 2016, it emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister Nyokabi Kenyatta Muthama and cousin Kathleen Kihanya were among owners of companies suspected to have irregularly pocketed millions of shillings in the Ksh5.3 billion “HealthGate” or “Mafya House” scam. The case has never been resolved to date, and a repeat of the same could be happening.

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Read:

Another One! Ministry Of Health Facing Ksh7 Billion Scandal

Ministry Of Health Now Forcing Counties To Take Over Scandalous Mobile Clinics

List Of Politicians With Graft Cases But Cleansed By BBI

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WAKE-UP CALL TO THE AFRICAN YOUTH

JOANNA OMOLARA

By UZOMA IKPE

There were different facets of African colonialism. One was for mineral exploration, the other was for human labour and overall, imperialism. However, the discovery of natural minerals and importantly, crude oil, created governments upon governments. It created governments of tyrannical governors whose foresight is eternal dominance of some Black kingdoms, under the lordship of some envisaged everlasting palaces. Petroleum products facilitated the achievement of this great exploration cum exploitation. In other words, the end to this great historical period, created another set of governments whose instruction was to represent the palaces in exchange for a few but life-elongated luxuries. This was, and ever has been. From thence, we can attribute to the emergence of some African governments that have ramrodically refused to call a spade a spade.

The world of the twenty first century is an era where humans have become the proverbial dogs lurking teeth over a bone. This is an analogy to the velocity with which countries of the world are experimenting technological feats, just two decades into the century. In this contest, lugubriously,  Africa have no representative. Today, petroleum products are rapidly becoming non essential even though Africans are yet to comprehend. In the nearest future, such products as aviation and automobile fuels may become non essential within the territories outside the coast of Africa. 

The world has learnt other things more valuable than petroleum. Mother Africa is in shambles. We have become sole suppliers of Western and Eastern deficiencies. This is an awareness to the youths of Africa, Petroleum and slavery brought about the first colonial impression, it is my conviction that Uranium and it’s diverse significance is yet to bring a second and a deadlier. It is a period of narrow technology; the short cut to human discovery. Our land is so blessed, and nourished by nature, on, and beneath. We are the Queen of Uranium, such a natural endowment. We can think with our heads, we can utilize it for good. African youths, as the elders of Africa tomorrow, must never give a chance for our own sons that will come after us to see what we are seeing today. We need to tell them that our generation said no to it. We must open our eyes to this growing but silent dilemma, and to do that, we must think more of ourselves and with one another’s head. We are the children of mother Africa, our mother Earth is the Queen of all good things on earth for she harbours all that sustain humanity. It is divine and is ours to guard and guide jealousy.

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Kenya Police on the Spot After Shooting German Journalist During Protests in Nairobi

By MartinMurigi - 01. May 2021

DW News correspondent Mariel Müller. [Source/DW]

The Kenyan police has come under heavy criticism after officers shot a German journalist in Nairobi on Saturday.

Mariel Müller, DW News East Africa correspondent, was injured on her leg after police fired tear gas canisters directly at her when she was covering protests in the Kenya's capital city.

The Deutsche Welle correspondent was shot at when she was interviewing an old woman who was part of demonstrators. 

One tear gas canister grazed her and a second injured Mariel's leg and she told the media the officer who fired them was purposely aiming at her.

The demonstrators were accusing police of using lockdown measures in Nairobi as an excuse to crack down on residents.

The attack on the journalist was strongly condemned by DW Director General Peter Limbourg who called on Kenyan government to investigate the incident

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Foreign Press Association (FPA), Committee to Protect Journalists-Africa (CPJ), Foreign Correspondents' Association of East Africa, Amnesty Kenya among other groups also criticised the police for harming the German journalist in her line of duty.

"We condemn the brutal attack on journalists and protestors during the #PeoplesMarchToStatehouse protest. IPOA should start investigations on this," Amnesty Kenya tweeted

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"The Foreign Press Association, Africa strongly condemns the errant behaviour of a Kenyan police officer who deliberately fired a teargas canister that hit and injured our member and colleague Mariel Mueller this morning while covering protests in Nairobi," FPA posted.

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KENYA POLICE BRUTALIY AGAINST JOURNALISTS,  HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS, MEDIACITIZENS, ABORIGINAL PEOPLES, HEALTH WORKERSREFUGEES AND ESPECIALLY AGAINST CHILDREN MUST STOP ONCE AND FOR ALL! - ECOTERRA Intl. 01. May 2021

Criticism is obviously fought against in Kenya on all levels

The following websites were all forced to shut down:

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German Reporter Injured in CBD Protests

By STEPHANIE WANGARI - 01 May 2021

Police deployed in Nairobi during protests on Saturday, May 2

Police deployed in Nairobi during protests on Saturday, May 1 - PHOTO COURTESY

A DW-TV journalist incurred injuries in a protest that took place in Nairobi CBD on Saturday, May 1. 

The journalist, Mariel Muller, was conducting an interview when the police shot her twice in the leg with a tear gas canister fired by a gun.

"Second time they hit me directly while we were doing an interview for DW," she added.

DW journalist Mariel Muller conducting an interview during protests in Nairobi on Saturday, May 1

DW journalist Mariel Muller conducting an interview during protests in Nairobi on Saturday, May 1 - PHOTO COURTESY

A journalist, David Bett, who was also covering the protests told Kenyans.co.ke that the demonstrations, dubbed Njaa Revolution, were peaceful.

 "It seems police officers were sent to ensure that it shouldn't take place. So they came in and started throwing teargas at people around there," he said.

The Foreign Press Association, Africa has strongly condemned the action by the Kenyan police. The association stated that it would not sit back while instances of abuse against journalists took place.

"Journalists should not become conspicuous targets for assault, arrest or intimidation by police especially when they are clearly identifiable as members of the press," the association stated.

Part of the issues the protestors wanted to be addressed included; lifting of the partial lockdown and dusk to dawn curfew, provision of food for everyone, an immediate end to police killings and brutality and state repression.

Others included; access to free and quality healthcare, provision of clean water, decent housing, equitable access to jobs, free education, an immediate end to gender based violence and others.

The hashtag, "#PeoplesMarchToStateHouse", trended the better part of Friday, April 30, with activists demanding that their voices be heard.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has since lifted the cessation of movement and the reduced curfew hours from 8pm to 4am to 10pm to 4am.

Police deployed in Nairobi during protests in Nairobi on Saturday, May 1

Police deployed in Nairobi during protests in Nairobi on Saturday, May 1 - PHOTO - COURTESY

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CIVIL WARS HAPPEN WHEN THE VICTIMIZED ARE ARMED.

GENOCIDES HAPPEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT ! @fluffycatattack 

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DW journalist attacked by Kenyan police at protest in Nairobi

By Rebecca Staudenmaier - 01. Mai 2021

Police fired tear gas canisters at DW's East Africa correspondent Mariel Müller while she was covering a protest in Nairobi. Amnesty International, oher human righs organizaions incl. ECOERRA Intl. as well as the Foreign Press Association of Africa have condemned the attack.

DW journalist Mariel Müller on police attack in Kenya

A Deutsche Welle correspondent was attacked by police while covering a demonstration in Nairobi on Saturday.

Kenyan authorities fired tear gas canisters at DW's East Africa correspondent Mariel Müller with one canister grazing her and a second injuring her leg while she was conducting an interview. 

'You just shot me'

Müller was covering a peaceful protest against police brutality and coronavirus lockdown measures in central Nairobi at the time of the attack.

Around 40 protesters gathered to voice their opposition to COVID restrictions and the economic impact on poorer communities. The demonstrators were careful to adhere to social distancing rules "to not anger the police," Müller told DW.

"The police were there and observed the first part [of the protest] and then eventually started firing tear gas," she said.

The first time Müller was struck, she said she was grazed by a canister when police began launching tear gas in the direction of protesters and reporters.

Police moved in with batons and detained several demonstrators. One man was shoved in a truck after police tried to take away the sign he was holding.

After a while, "it appeared as if the situation had calmed down," said Müller. She and the camera team moved to the sidelines of the demonstration and began interviewing an older woman taking part in the protest.

"We noticed that something was happening. But then it was too late — a shot was fired. I noticed that my leg started hurting and that I'd been hit there," she said.

The canister was shot from a tear gas launcher.

"It's not like they just throw [the canister] and then it's on the ground and rolls somewhere, but it's really a gun," she said. "They load the gun with these small silver canisters."

Müller added that police appeared to be purposefully aiming at her and the camera crew.

She approached authorities afterward, telling the officer who had been firing the canisters: "You just shot me, you just hit me in my leg."

The officer denied it and walked away, "but he knew exactly what had happened," Müller said.

DW condemns targeted attack

DW Director General Peter Limbourg strongly condemned the attack and called for an investigation.

"We condemn this act of police violence. Any attack against the media must be investigated and lead to consequences," he said.

DW Editor-in-Chief Manuela Kasper-Claridge called the attack "absolutely unacceptable," adding that "freedom of the press has to be protected."

Amnesty International's Kenya branch also called for authorities to launch an investigation, and slammed "the brutal attack on journalists and protesters" in Nairobi.

The Foreign Press Association of Africa criticized the actions of the police officer who "deliberately" fired on Müller.

"No journalist should be harmed while doing their jobs," responded the Foreign Correspondent's Association of East Africa, adding that they were "extremely disturbed" by the reports.

Journalists increasingly targeted

A UNESCO report published in September found that journalists "have been increasingly attacked, arrested and even killed" while covering protests.

The report also revealed a "wider upward trend" in the use of force by security forces and police at demonstrations.

According to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, 54 media workers were killed in 2020.

The attack on a DW correspondent comes ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

DW's Andreas Noll contributed reporting to this article.

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Residents Flee Nairobi After Uhuru Opens LOCKDOWN Borders 

By LISA SIGEI on 1 May 2021

Barely two hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement that thecessation of movement in and out of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru had been lifted, residents started their journeys outside Nairobi.

In a video seen by kenyans.co.ke, a vehicle snarl up can be seen at the Mai Mahiu Escarpment.

The lockdown restrictions had been imposed on March 26, 2021. Residents in the five counties could not travel outside the restricted area.

As a result of the abrupt measures in March, residents revealed that they were stranded in different towns, unable to travel upcountry. 

However, the president stated in his speech that the mandate of the government is to protect the constitutional right to life.

He urged Kenyans to be “ honorable, distinguished and patriotic citizens”. He also cited that the measures can be escalated if people do not adhere to the set guidelines.

“If we partner and work together, we can maintain both the health and lives of our people, as well as our economy. But if we fail to play our role, our individual role, my responsibility is to protect life first,” said Uhuru.

The president also lifted the ban on restaurants and bars, allowing them to continue with operations. This, he noted, was after the Covid-19 positivity rate went low in the last one month.

Curfew hours were revised to 10pm to 4am from 8pm to 4am, with effect from midnight on May 1, 2021.

Churches were directed to hold in-person and congregational worship but with only a third capacity. The ban on political gatherings was extended until otherwise directed.

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#Njaarevolution

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KENYAN YOUTH WOKE UP EARLER THAN PREDICTED AND WILL NOT WAIT UNTIL 2025 TO REGAIN THEIR FREEDOM

The Gates Foundation’s partners in “philanthropy” – the Rockefeller Foundation – imagined a scenario as part of their 2010 document, “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development.” This document includes a scenario called “Lock Step,” which describes a pandemic sweeping the world and resulting in more authoritarian control from governments in developed countries.

Interestingly, Lock Step notes that while the “pandemic blanketed the planet” the countries which took a more aggressive, authoritarian approach fared better.

The Chinese government’s quick imposition and enforcement of mandatory quarantine for all citizens, as well as its instant and near-hermetic sealing off of all borders, saved millions of lives, stopping the spread of the virus far earlier than in other countries and enabling a swifter postpandemic recovery,” the document states.

The document describes how national leaders around the world “flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions.” These included mandatory wearing of face masks and body-temperature checks at train stations and markets, as well as “scanners using advanced functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology… to detect abnormal behavior that may indicate ‘antisocial intent.’” Lock Step also describes the implementation of biometric ID for all people.

Notably, the paper states, “Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified.”

At first, the population approves of a more controlled world and citizens even willingly gave up “some of their sovereignty—and their privacy—to more paternalistic states in exchange for greater safety and stability.” The scenario outlines how some of the population were tolerant, and even eager, for “top-down direction and oversight.”

The document goes on to describe how, eventually, the people of the world tire of the control and civil unrest would begin:

“By 2025, people seemed to be growing weary of so much top-down control and letting leaders and authorities make choices for them. Wherever national interests clashed with individual interests, there was conflict. Sporadic pushback became increasingly organized and coordinated, as disaffected youth and people who had seen their status and opportunities slip away—largely in developing countries—incited civil unrest.”

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The Vaccine That Kenya Needs - The XYZ Show

•Jan 12, 2021

The XYZ Show Official

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27-Year Old Woman Takes Heat for Company in Ksh 4 Billion Tender

By KENYANS.CO.KE WRITER - 11 December 2020

Ivy Minyow, a director of Kilig Limited appearing before members of the Public Investments Committee on Thursday, December 10.

Ivy Minyow, a director of Kilig Limited appearing before members of the Public Investments Committee on Thursday, December 10.

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A 27-year old lawyer on Thursday took the heat for a company that is suspected to have benefited from irregular multibillion tenders at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA). 

Ivy Minyow appeared before the Public Investments Commttee (PIC) which is investigating the alleged corruption in the supply and tendering of Covid-19 equipment. 

Ivy claimed ownership for Kilig Limited, a company that won two tenders worth a total of over Ksh4 billion, but clarified that she was not the owner at the time when the tender was awarded. 

KEMSA branded boxes.

KEMSA branded boxes. FILE

The company was among the first to appear before the PIC in a bid to uncover the infamous Covid-19 Millionaires scandal.

Reports by KEMSA revealed that they did not recognise the owners and supporting documents of Kilig Limited despite the firm getting a very lucrative tender. 

The youth said she was the company lawyer when the tender was acquired. The company, however, changed ownership three times after it started doing business with KEMSA. 

File photo of Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Nassir.

File photo of Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Nassir. FILE

Ivy confirmed being the current owner but efforts by MPs to probe the lawyer to reveal the original owners failed - only insisting that they were foreigners who wanted anonymity. 

When asked, Minyow was adamant about withholding information regarding the persons who registered the company.

"I am not in a position to answer that, not unless the committee on record compels me to do so," she responded to the committee. 

The committee had to take a 10 minute tbreak as Minyow requested for time to consult with her lawyer on whether she could reveal the information. 

Her story was not the only one that baffled MPs as another witness, James Njuguna of La Miguela Holdings Limited, narrated how he got a Ksh180 million supply tender by sheer luck.

In a story that has since gone viral, Njuguna told MPs he was passing by KEMSA offices  saw a number of individuals lining up, he enquired, filled a two-letter letter and won the lucrative tender within two hours. 

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Another Turncoat?

Health CS Kagwe says his remarks ‘dismissing’ COVID-19 vaccine were misinterpreted

•Nov 11, 2020

The usual pattern, if "donors" want that a "underdeveloped" or "developing" state implements something from the West or the East in the Global South, is that those 'in charge' of the country first collect all the evidence and counter-arguments from the non-governmental and civil-society groups and appear as if they have the best of the people in their mind by rejecting the 'offer' - only to then use these very arguments to go shopping for the highest bidder, which means to shortlist where most 'internal returns', 'kick-backs' or however you want to name the corruption scams materialize in oder to then suddenly try to convince or order their citizens to swallow what they at first had dismissed.

It was the same with the biosafety-bill and at first not allowing GMOs into Kenya, only to then give the Agriculture Minister (now called CS = Cabinet Secretary) the powers to issue exemption permits - with the result that Kenya dreams today of becoming a major GM-maize producer, having already contaminated the country with GM-crops like Maize, Sweet Potato, Papaya, Peppers and Tomato among others.

 

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MPs order Sh134bn Covid funds audit

25. August 2020

Auditor-General Nancy Gathugu. FILE PHOTO | NMG

The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered a forensic audit on the Sh134 billion allocated for the fight against Covid-19 amid public uproar over misuse of the funds.

In a directive to the Auditor-General Nancy Gathugu, the public watchdog committee wants the audit to cover the expenditure period between March 13 when the first case was reported in the country and July 31.

“We will work professionally as provided for in the law to ensure that we get to the bottom of the matter so that Kenyans can know how the money was used,” said PAC chairman Opiyo Wandayi after a meeting of the committee at Parliament building.

The PAC directive comes in the wake of suspected Covid-19 related procurement fraud at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa), which buys drugs for all public health facilities in the country.

The authority’s CEO Jonah Manjari has since been suspended alongside directors Eliud Muriithi (Commercial) and Charles Jume (Procurement) to allow for the investigations into claims of procuring Covid-19 emergency kits at exorbitant prices.

According to the National Assembly Standing Orders, Ms Gathungu will have 60 days to present a comprehensive audit report to the committee for action.

The PAC set the audit scope on the procurement, warehousing and distribution of essential medicines including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) and requires the office to verify whether the expenditures were incurred lawfully and in an effective way.

PAC also wants a review of the fiscal measures undertaken by the government to mitigate against the spread of the pandemic, including a Sh13 billion stimulus package passed in the last financial year.

The Sh13 billion includes a Sh10 billion cash transfer programme to the urban vulnerable and the poor and Sh1 billion to recruit health workers to strengthen the human capital capacity of the Ministry of Health.

The amount also comprises Sh400 million for food and non-food commodities for affected households and Sh1.5 billion for purchase of testing kits and reagents.

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Deep audit of Kemsa is needed urgently

24. August 2020

In Summary

• Kenya Medical Supplies Authority supplies 371 hospitals and 4,415 health facilities

• Sh2.3 billion was used for emergency procurement of PPE for Covid health workers

Kemsa warehouse in Embakasi, Nairobi.

Kemsa warehouse in Embakasi, Nairobi. Image: FILE

Kemsa has turned into a political football with allegations and counter-allegations of corruption and cover-up.

The Kenya Medical Supplies Agency procures medical commodities for 371 hospitals and 4,415 rural health facilities.

In July the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission raided Kemsa over the acquisition of a Sh3.2 billion warehouse.

But the present crisis has erupted over the emergency acquisition of PPE at the start of the Covid crisis. Although this only represents Sh2.3 billion of the Sh23 billion allocated to Covid, it led to the suspension of the CEO in mid-August.

Raila Odinga has come under fire from his own ODM party for saying that it is important not to jump to conclusions and to determine the extent of any fraud.

In today's highly charged political atmosphere, people have stopped trying to find compromise solutions to contentious issues, such as the revenue allocation formula. Similarly, Kemsa provides medical supplies to all Kenyans so it important that this matter is resolved objectively without political grandstanding.

If there has been corruption, heads must roll. But firstly, the Auditor-General should provide us with a definitive report with what has actually gone wrong at Kemsa.

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Conscience dead in Kenya

By  Erick Wamanji - 24. August 2020

What you need to know:

  • Both guilt and shame are regulatory agents of behaviour.
  • If culprits were jolted by shame or guilt, their malevolent urges would be tamed.

When Covid-19 hit, a cabal of callous crooks made a killing. They sourced inferior personal protective equipment (PPE) at inflated costs, frustrating the fight against the pandemic. Were a bit of moral sensibility injected in this enterprise, a few souls would still be alive.

However, the PPE fiasco is just the latest of a well-trodden path that has seen crooks profiting by thrusting millions of people into crutches of indigence, indignity and death.

Yet there is an eerie silence, social acceptance even, of every form of fraud. Besides, culprits sit pretty, unbothered by the disgrace and anguish they cause. All this can happen when the conscience is dead. We should be worried.

The conscience is a powerful sovereign internal legislative apparatus of rational beings. This mechanism discerns the right and wrong. It automatically triggers distress upon acts that offend established moral systems. In its absence, the sense of guilt or shame is diminished. Both guilt and shame are regulatory agents of behaviour.

Make a quick buck

So powerful, they produce a sense of inferiority and worthlessness on individuals as a response to socially distasteful behavior. If culprits were jolted by shame or guilt, their malevolent urges would be tamed.

Yet, that’s not the case. Ours is a network of avaricious, vicious, uncouth and predatory characters who will stop at nothing to make a quick buck.

Therefore, even as authorities seeks to prosecute the felons, Kenya, we need to talk. We must confess that there’s a pathological moral paralysis, especially on those entrusted with our fortunes. We need to reconstruct humane sensibilities and a society that’s anchored on morals, mercy and empathy.

Transparency should also be integrated in public dealings to afford scrutiny. It would pay, too, with a public that is civically conscious. An angry public.

@manjis

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Kemsa: Here Is A Complete Exposé Of The Rot And Corruption At KEMSA

By Daily Post Kenya - 24. August 2020

Unveiling projects at Kemsa

A project being unveiled at one of the Kemsa branches in the country.

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) has come under public scrutiny regarding the theft and corruption involving the misuse of the covid-19 funds. The massive loot and theft at this government agency has been a headache for Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to stomp-up corruption in the country. But some people believe Uhuru Kenyatta himself or at least family members and or his friends are part of the cartel that is looting public funds in the country.

Before the airing of the Covid-19 Millionaires by NTV, there has been other corruption scandal involving the covid-19 funds. Remember the Ksh. 4 million the Ministry of Health used for tea and mandazis in one month? Whereas the Ksh. 4 million is not a lot of money, the exaggerated price amounts to corruption. Yet we know that nobody was punished for this type of looting.

Within three weeks of Kenya reported the first confirmed case of Covid-19, Kenya’s Ministry of Health spent Ksh. 1.3 billion in the fight against Covid-19.

The breakdown of the expenses were as follows: Ksh. 42 million to lease 15 ambulances at Ksh. 2.8 million each, Ksh. 10.1 million for tea and mandazis with at least Ksh 4 million already spent, Ksh. 9 million for the printing of traveller’s quarantine and discharge forms.

It is worth to note that the planned cost of printing the quarantine and discharge forms was Ksh. 900,000. How the Ministry of Health came up spending more than 10 times the allocated budget is anyone’s guess.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s government just ignored it and yet it tells the Kenyan citizens that the government is serious about fighting corruption in the country. What the government officials fail to understand is that Kenyans want action not just merely telling the citizens what their government is capable of doing.

Based on the country’s history of high level corruption, one can say that Uhuru Kenyatta and his government could have or ought to have known that the covid-19 funds was subject to theft by all involved in the allocation of government tenders.

As such, Uhuru Kenyatta could have directed or appointed certain people to be tasked with checking and verifying all tenders allocated to ascertain their accuracy.

This is more so with regards to the costs of procuring medical supplies to combat coronavirus by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa). But all of us know that did not happen. There were no checks and balances put in place to monitor the allocation of tenders to companies to supply such much needed medical supplies.

The results of such failures is massive theft, graft and corruption at Kemsa that has drawn heavy condemnation form domestic and international donors alike. But the question is this: Could this have been avoided? The answer is a resounding Yes! Before we get into what could have been done to prevent the misuse of donor funds meant to combat covid-19 at Kemsa, let us look at what exactly happened.

The corruption at Kemsa involves the allocation of Covid-19 tenders to some shady companies to provide the Kemri and the Ministry of Health with PPE equipment and supplies in its effort to fight the scourge of Covid-19. These said companies grossly exaggerated the price of the supplies and PPE equipment needed by Kemsa.

Kemsa went ahead and placed orders with these companies despite the obvious misrepresentations on the quotes submitted for approval. Below is a list of companies that Kemsa awarded the contract to supply the Covid-19 supplies but did so at exaggerated prices.

It is safe to say that Kemsa was part of the problem for not spotting the theft by shopping around for the said supplies.

Name of the Company Awarded Tender Covid-19 Supplies Required by Kemsa Actual Market Price per Unit (Ksh) Price per Unit Quoted to Kemsa (Ksh)
Kilig Limited 450,000 Full PPE Kits and N95 Masks 4,500 9,000
Shop N’ Buy Limited 100,000 N95 masks 200 700
Accenture Kenya Limited 12,000 PPE Kits 4,500 9,000
Abyssinia Group of Industries 30,000 N95 masks 200 900
Bell Industries 15,000 PPE Kits 4,500 9,000
Medlife Biologicals Limited 200,000 KN95 Masks 200 900
Nanopay Limited 50,000 KN95 Masks 200 900
Light Up Africa Limited 50,000 pieces of 500ml Sanitizers 200 500
Ziwala Kenya Limited 120,000 KN95 Masks 200 700
Wallabies Ventures Limited 10,000 PPE Kits 4,500 9,000
Wonderjoy Party World Limited Tea and Snacks for 30 employees 900,000 10 million
       
Kemsa and the Ministry of Health tender award Corruption scandal. The table shows the companies involved and approximate money involved.

It is worth noting that some of the companies above are headed by politicians in the ruling Jubilee Party or their friends. For example Uhuru Kenyatta’s own niece has been implicated int he Covid-19 Kemsa corruption scandal.

Uhuru Kenyatta’s niece’s name is Samantha Ngina Muthama who together with June Nduta Kinyua own Ziwala Kenya Limited, a company that received a tender to supply 120,000 KN95 Mask at an inflated price of Ksh. 700 each against actual price of only Ksh. 200 per piece.

This is not the first time president Uhuru Kenyatta’s family members have been involved in corruption scandals, in 2016, ODM party Leader Mr. Raila Odinga linked Uhuru Kenyatta’s sister, Nyokabi (who is actually Samantha Ngina Muthama’s mum) to the Ksh. 8.5 billion Afya House corruption scandal.

In that scandal, Sandales International received Ksh. 41 million from the Ministry of Health. This was part of the more than Ksh 5 billion donation from the United States meant for free maternity care.

Apart from Nyokabi, Uhuru Kenyatta’s cousin Kihanya was also mentioned as a director of Scandales International. Kihanya was also the CDF chair when Uhuru Kenyatta was an MP for Gatundu South.

Following Dennis Okari’s NTV program Covid19 Millionaires aired last week, Uhuru Kenyatta has faced harsh criticism form Kenya’s leaders. Deputy president William Ruto has hammered ODM party by accusing ODM Party leader Raila Odinga of trying to defend the rot at Kemsa.

This comes a day after ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna on Saturday tried to downplay the fraud at Kemsa by accusing the media of sensationalizing the rot. Mr. Ruto termed ODM as “Lords of Corruption”.

The deputy president said ODM’s handshake with Uhuru Kenyatta was not meant to unite the country, but rather, it was only interested in getting an opportunity to loot taxpayers’ money with impunity.

The Covid-19 scandal at Kemsa has also attracted international attention. For example, USAID and Global Fund has threatened to withdraw more than Ksh. 400 billion earmarked for Kenya after the corruption at Kemsa was revealed. The money being withdrawn was meant to support HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs for the next three years.

The two international donors quoted the current scandals at Kemsa regarding the procurement of medical supplies as reasons for the planned withdrawal of funds.

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Kemsa bosses face charges over Sh7.8bn Covid-19 kits

Kemsa chief executive officer Jonah Manjari. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Top directors of Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) face prosecution over irregular purchase of Covid-19 protective kits worth Sh7.8 billion, turning focus on traders who earned billions from the contracts.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Agency (EACC) says Kemsa’s top officials flouted procurement requirements in awarding contracts amid fears that some companies never supplied the kits.

EACC did not however name the individuals but said that they should be charged with economic crimes, flawed procurement and misuse of public funds.

The calls for prosecution come even as the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) told Parliament that Kemsa favoured some companies in awarding contracts, citing Megascope Healthcare Limited that won tenders worth Sh29.5 million.

PPRA said some of the suppliers did not provide performance guarantees adding that some of the kits may not have been supplied.

Kemsa, which buys drugs for all public health facilities started procuring sanitsers, surgical gloves, face masks, eye protective googles, ventilators and swabs among other items in April after the country recorded the first Covid-19 infection.

“Distribution of the opportunities to supply Kemsa with Covid-19 related items was skewed to favour some Suppliers without evidence of justification… M/s. Megascope Healthcare (K) Limited was awarded three (3No.) tenders for supply of face mask whereas M/s. Ziwala Limited was awarded only one tender for the same item,” PPRA said in a report to Parliament.

“We noted that some of the deliveries were made one month after issuance of commitment letters while others have not been delivered to date casting doubt on the justification of the urgency.”

The Kemsa board last month suspended the CEO Jonah Manjari, Eliud Muriithi (commercial director) and Charles Juma (procurement director) when revelations of the irregular procurement came to the fore.

The fate of the three and junior officials adversely mentioned in the flawed contracts is in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecutions who last week received the EACC report.

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#Covid19Millionaires : KEMSA UNABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR KSH43 BILLION COVID-19 FUNDS

By on 17/08/2020

Kenya Medical Supplies Agencies headquarters in Industrial Area Nairobi.

Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) is unable to account for at least Ksh43 billion meant for the fight against Covid-19, it has emerged.

According to the Network Action Against Corruption (NAAC), there have been massive misappropriation and looting of funds by top government officials and businessmen.

The looting has not only been on public funds, but also donations meant to help in the fight against Covid-19.

According to an investigation piece by NTV’s Denis Okari, the first donation to the country by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma was looted by government officials and businessmen and a third of it sold to Tanzanian companies, while the rest was sold to local companies. Nothing was left for the intended purpose, according to preliminary investigations by NAAC.

Mega Scope Healthcare and Crown Healthcare Limited were appointed by KEMSA and authorized to clear the consignment from JKIA. There are records to show they received the kits, but there is no public record of what happened.

Mega Scope is associated with Richard Ngatia, who is the National Chairman of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and cabinet secretary James Macharia. Kahawa Tungu could not independently authenticate this.

NTV revealed that several genuine companies that traditionally supplied to KEMSA found themselves outside, new companies from well-connected individuals got the tenders.

It is highly suspected that the same donations that were sold out were re-supplied to KEMSA, with the companies making double profits from the sales that were made in a haste.

Further investigations show that the cartels used shadow companies of the genuine ones to get payments, in some incidences without even supplying anything.

In the midst of the pandemic, Kenya received foreign aid to help in the fight against Covid-19 which includes Ksh78.3 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ksh108 billion from the World Bank, Ksh22.5 billion from the African Development Bank.

The European Union sent grants worth Ksh7.5 billion, on to of another World Bank’s support of Ksh6.8 billion.

Over Ksh200 billion was ready in the fight against Covid-19, but how it has been used puts to question the government’s effort in both fights, fight against corruption and fight against Covid-19.

Ivy Minyow Onyango

A perfect example is that of Kilig Limited owned by 30-year old Ivy Onyango which was awarded a Ksh4 billion months after registration.

Unknown to many, the company is not owned by Ivy, she was just used as a scapegoat. The company was initially registered by Wilbroad Gatei Gachoka alongside a Chinese national Zhu Jinping, before details were changed to indicate that it was owned by Ivy.

Its post office address was P.O. Box 36814-00200 Nairobi, the same address used in another company belonging to Mr Gatei. While offloading the shares to the young advocate, Gatei also forgot to remove his Safaricom number in the contacts, according to a company search of August 3.

Wilbroad Gatei Gachoka is a brother to media personality Tony Gachoka, and a personal assistant to Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe.

After being awarded the tender, the company subcontracted Entec Technology Company Ltd to supply the PPEs, at Ksh3 billion. A profit of Ksh1 billion without doing anything was assured.

Mr Gatei was sacked as the chairman of KPCU in December 2019 after being implicated in a Ksh5 billion scandal.

Ziwala Limited, a company owned by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s relatives Ms Samantha Ngina Muthama and June Nduta Kinyua, received a tender to supply PPEs at inflated prices.

Another company Shop ‘N’ Buy Limited registered on February 14, 2020 was awarded a Ksh970 million contract to supply 100,000 PPE kits, each at an approximate price of Ksh9,000. The company was also allowed to supply another 100,000 pieces of KN95 masks at Ksh700 a piece.

The company is owned by Mr James Kipketer Chululey, who told Daily Nation that he broke no law.

Other companies that got a share of the Covid-19 billions include Wallabis Ventures Limited, owned by Ms Catherine Wanjiku Ndungu and James Njenga Ndungu (Ksh90 million), Light Up Africa Limited, owned by Ms Emma Wanjiku Maina and Martha Wanjiru Thuku (Ksh25 million), Nanopay Limited owned by Mr Ahmed Rahim Mohamud Mohammed (Ksh35 million and Medlife Biologicals Limited (Ksh230 million).

Others include Bell Industriesowned by Mr Titus Kirea Ibui and Mercy Karambu Ngeera (Ksh35 million), Abyssinia Group of Industries (AGI) (Ksh27 million), Accenture Kenya Limited (Ksh108 million)and Wanderjoy Party World Limited (catering).

Facts

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika’s husband John Mburu and politician Tony Gachoka’s brother, Willbroad Gatei Gachoka alias William Gatei Muiruri, are behind the controversy surrounding Kemsa Covid-19 tender worth Sh4
billion. A firm known as Kilig Limited, was being pushed to land the lucrative tender and Kenya Commercial Bank was to fund for the deliveries.

Mburu is a close associate of deputy president William Ruto. He is currently facing criminal charges in court in relation to his clearing firm based in Mombasa. He is one of the key financiers of Ruto’s presidential bid 2022. His wife Susan is well placed in Ruto’s campaigns 2022. On the other side, Gatei is a friend to Jubilee deputy chairman, David Murathe. 

Documents in our possession show that Kilig Limited owners transferred tenders to another firm to deal with Kemsa. The DP side in Jubilee was out to use Kilig in Kemsa deals but ended up being shortchanged, hence the current outcry from the side. Willbroad Gatei Gachoka is an aide of Murathe and was sacked by Uhuru Kenyatta on December 18 2019 as chairman of Kenya Planters Cooperative Union after the board of directors awarded themselves hefty allowances leaving it dry.

John Mburu

On January 22, 2020, Gachoka had Kilig Limited registered with a Chinese National Zhu Jinping of P O Box 36814-00200 Nairobi. On June 16, 2020, Kilig Limited after landing a lucrative deal at Kemsa, engaged a firm Entec Technology Company Ltd of P O Box 37925-00100 Nairobi, to deliver PPE kits to Kemsa from China at the price of USD 28,535,000 that is Sh3 billion.

John Mburu is associated with Entec remotely and was to clear the goods with KCB funding the tender. Kilig Limited having brokered the tender from Kemsa at Sh4 billion played it safe by involving Entec thus not being responsible for any criminal or legal implication. Those in the deal were to share a cool Sh1.2 billion.

Tony Gachoka

Kilig Limited and Entec Technology entered in what industry players call a bidding commercial contract. The broker was Mburu, well versed in clearing and forwarding deals. By virtue of being close to Murathe, Gatei kept on dropping Murathe’s name and that of State House. 

It was on these grounds that appearing before the senate health committee, John Manjari, the suspended Kemsa CEO revealed, how he was under pressure from CS Mutahi Kagwe and PS Susan Mochache to award tenders to specific firms. Entec was to supply PPE sets in two dispatches. 

First were 200,000 kits on June 28 2020 and the second installment of 239,000 on July 10, 2020. Documents we have show, to avoid any suspicion in the dealing, Kilig was to enter an Escrow Account Management Agreement with Entec Technology.Jonah Manjari

Here once Kemsa paid Kilig, it was mandatory for it to pay Entec. Here KCB was brought in the deal. Why KCB being a public bank was to fall under the pressure of political wheeler-dealers. Entec Technology in the documents signed with Kilig gave bank account details where its payments were to be forwarded. 

The said account transacts business in USD is Stanbic Bank, Westgate Branch. By last week, investigators in the probe ordered by Uhuru were tracing transactions involving Kemsa payments to local banks to firms involved. Reports indicate, after Kemsa scams erupted and went public, no payments were made to escrow account. Fearing arrest, Gatei and Zhu Jinping moved shares of Kilig Limited to a city young lawyer as a major shareholder.Susan Mochache

Gatei and Ivy Minyow Onyango, the young lawyer are lovers.

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Fresh Details! David Murathe at the Centre of the Ksh 4 Billion COVID-19 Scandal

By 2020

(KDRTV) – Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe has been dragged into the Ksh 4B scandal involving the purchase of COVID-19 medical equipment.

David Murathe

A company associated with Murathe’s Personal Assistant was controversially awarded a tender to supply thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at inflated prices.

KDRTV reported here on Monday that the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) Kiliq Ltd was awarded a Ksh 4B tender to supply 450,000 pieces of PPE kits. A complete kit includes; an N95 mask, a bodysuit, goggles, waterproof shoe covers and gloves. At the registrar of companies, Ivy Minyow Onyango is the only director of the company.

However, blogger Robert Alai has unmasked the real faces behind the company. Kiliq Limited’s Phone number 0716340835 is registered in the name of  Willbroad Gatei Gachoka who just happens to be Gachoka’s Personal Assistant.

After stealing from us, they change company directors and now some Ivy Onyango us the director.

The number registered in this account belongs to Willbroad Gatei Gachoka who is the PA to David Murathe.

Sawa? @EACCKenya are you going to act? @ODPP_KE pic.twitter.com/eq9nd7mAog

— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) August 3, 2020

Daily Nation had linked Kiliq to a senior Jubilee politician who has a reputation for securing multibillion government tenders and selling them to other firms for a 10% cut.

Murathe has been very vocal on fighting corruption in Kenya. He claims this is the reason he cannot support Deputy President William Ruto Presidency. At a BBI rally in Meru early this year, Murathe said that President Uhuru Kenyatta will not leave power to a thief (referring to the DP).

Read Also: Tension as Ruto is Kicked out of Official Residence

It will be interesting to see if investigating agencies will pounce on Murathe. There is a belief in Kenya that politicians allied to the President and his handshake brother Raila Odinga are untouchable.

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Ivy Minyow Onyango! Unmasking Gorgeous Girl Behind COVID-19 Billions

By  - 04. August 2020

(KDRTV) – As other countries rush against time to create a vaccine for the dreaded COVID-19 virus, the Kenyan government is working round the clock to make COVID-19 billionaires.

The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), a government agency that supplies health equipment to all public entities is on the spot for awarding multi-billion tenders to questionable briefcase companies. Kilig Limited is one of the companies which was single-sourced to supply 450,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in March. The tender was worth Ksh 4 Billion.

A little known woman called Ivy Minyow Onyango is listed as the sole director of the shadow company. we dug deep to find out more about Ivy, who is the latest billionaire in town (at least on paper).

Ivy Minyow Onyango is a 27-year-old Kenyan Advocate of High Court of Kenya who was admitted to the bar in 2019 after being gazetted by Council of Education on 21st December 2018.

Ivy joined Kenya School of Law in January 2017 for Advocates Training Programme. Previously, she was a student at the Kenyatta University School of Law (KUSOL) from 2011 and went to Maryhill High School in Thika for her secondary school education.

In the LSK Website, Ivy Minyow Onyango Advocate is listed as an active holder of 2020 Practicing Certificate. She discloses that she practices at “self” and gives her physical address as CMM Gardens along Rhapta Road, Westlands in Nairobi.

In terms of areas of legal practice, Ivy reveals she her practice Commercial Law-General (40%), Intellectual Property Law (20%) and Conveyancing Law (40%). This raises the possibility that Ivy may have incorporated the company Kiliq Limited for a client in which case she may enjoy the benefit of Client-Advocate privilege.

Read Also: Fresh Details! David Murathe at the Centre of the Ksh 4 Billion COVID-19 Scandal

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Who is Ivy Minyow Onyango, the 4 Billion KEMSA Tender Lady?

By The Vision Team -  03. August 2020

Ms Ivy Minyow Onyango, the little known Proprietor of Kiliq Limited, the Company awarded controversial Sh. 4B Tender by KEMSA

Many Kenyans have been wondering who is Ivy Minyow Onyango, the lady whose 6 months old company was awarded tender by KEMSA to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). This interest has been piqued by the claims that ivy was used by a powerful Jubilee Politician who brokers large Government tenders for sale.

Ivy incorporated the company in question, Kiliq Limited, on January 22, 2020 according to records at Company registry only for it to be awarded contract to supply PPEs at an inflated cost of Sh9,000, double the market price of Sh4,500 in barely half a year of its existence. The company was to supply 450,000 PPEs sets.

Who is Ivy Minyow Onyango and why does it matter? Ivy Minyow Onyango is a 27 year old Kenyan Advocate of High Court of Kenya who was admitted to the bar early last year 2019 after being gazetted by Council of Education on 21st December 2018.

Ivy joined Kenya School of Law in January 2017 for Advocates Training Programme. Previously, she was a student at the Kenyatta University School of Law (KUSOL) from 2011 and went to Maryhill High School in Thika for her secondary school education.

In the LSK Website, Ivy Minyow Onyango Advocate is listed as an active holder of 2020 Practicing Certificate. She discloses that she practices at “self” and gives her physical address as CMM Gardens along Rhapta Road, Westlands in Nairobi.

In terms of areas of legal practice, Ivy reveals she her practice Commercial Law-General (40%), Intellectual Property Law (20%) and Conveyancing Law (40%). This raises the possibility that Ivy may have incorporated the company Kiliq Limited for a client in which case she may enjoy the benefit of Client-Advocate privilege.

Besides legal practice, Ivy dabbles in fashion business. She is both a model for Kung’ara Kenya Boutique and owner of an Online Cloth Shop, Office Dress, which specializes in ladies office wear and has been active since October 2018. Ivy is not active on twitter and has since closed her Instagram account.

No doubt nothing in Ivy Minyow Onyango’s profile explains how her nascent company bagged a whooping Ksh. 4 Billion tender by single sourcing. In any case, her personal profile as a young advocate and upcoming fashion model has no possible correlation with occupational health and safety equipment supply such as PPEs.

All indications are that Ivy Minyow Onyango’s name and company was possibly used as proxy by a powerful and well-connected individual to get a Sh. 4 Billion contract, an amount which is beyond he turnover of most PPE manufacturing companies. KEMSA has to explain why didn’t sources the critical supplies from well-known manufacturers.

At the same time, the alleged powerful Jubilee Official who is possibly hiding behind Ivy Onyango’s name and her company Kiliq Limited and who intended to sell the hefty tender for 10% kickback needs to be named and shamed. Kenyans wait to see how EACC will lift compel KEMSA why they gave such a large tender to a shell company.

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Raila Defends Luo Lady In Ksh 4 Billion KEMSA Scandal

By Wakoli Wakoli 

ODM boss Raila Odinga has come to the defense of Ivy Onyango, the lady caught in the middle of the Ksh 4 billion KEMSA scandal that has rocked the country.

Ivy Minyow Onyango

Raila, in an interview with NTV’s Mutuma, noted that the circumstances under which Ms Onyango won the supply tender was under an emergency and Kenyans should support young entrepreneurs.

But who is this lady? Many Kenyans have been wondering who is Ivy Minyow Onyango, the lady whose 6 months old company was awarded tender by KEMSA to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). This interest has been piqued by the claims that ivy was used by a powerful Jubilee Politician who brokers large Government tenders for sale.

Ivy incorporated the company in question, Kiliq Limited, on January 22, 2020 according to records at Company registry only for it to be awarded contract to supply PPEs at an inflated cost of Sh9,000, double the market price of Sh4,500 in barely half a year of its existence. The company was to supply 450,000 PPEs sets.

Ms Ivy Onyango, the little known Proprietor of Kiliq Limited, that is at the centre of the Ksh. 4B Tender by KEMSA

Who is Ivy Minyow Onyango and why does it matter? Ivy Minyow Onyango is a 27 year old Kenyan Advocate of High Court of Kenya who was admitted to the bar early last year 2019 after being gazetted by Council of Education on 21st December 2018.

Ivy joined Kenya School of Law in January 2017 for Advocates Training Programme. Previously, she was a student at the Kenyatta University School of Law (KUSOL) from 2011 and went to Maryhill High School in Thika for her secondary school education.

In the LSK Website, Ivy Minyow Onyango Advocate is listed as an active holder of 2020 Practicing Certificate. She discloses that she practices at “self” and gives her physical address as CMM Gardens along Rhapta Road, Westlands in Nairobi.

In terms of areas of legal practice, Ivy reveals she her practice Commercial Law-General (40%), Intellectual Property Law (20%) and Conveyancing Law (40%). This raises the possibility that Ivy may have incorporated the company Kiliq Limited for a client in which case she may enjoy the benefit of Client-Advocate privilege.

Besides legal practice, Ivy dabbles in fashion business. She is both a model for Kung’ara Kenya Boutique and owner of an Online Cloth Shop, Office Dress, which specializes in ladies office wear and has been active since October 2018. Ivy is not active on twitter and has since closed her Instagram account.

No doubt nothing in Ivy Minyow Onyango’s profile explains how her nascent company bagged a whooping Ksh. 4 Billion tender by single sourcing. In any case, her personal profile as a young advocate and upcoming fashion model has no possible correlation with occupational health and safety equipment supply such as PPEs.

All indications are that Ivy Minyow Onyango’s name and company was possibly used as proxy by a powerful and well-connected individual to get a Sh. 4 Billion contract, an amount which is beyond he turnover of most PPE manufacturing companies. KEMSA has to explain why didn’t sources the critical supplies from well-known manufacturers.

At the same time, the alleged powerful Jubilee Official who is possibly hiding behind Ivy Onyango’s name and her company Kiliq Limited and who intended to sell the hefty tender for 10% kickback needs to be named and shamed. Kenyans wait to see how EACC will lift compel KEMSA why they gave such a large tender to a shell company.

The remarks by Raila Odinga have sparked a fresh debate over the issue.

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