How Multi-Billion $$ Corona PPE Donations Brought Jadhe and Chupilee Corruption Together..

Not every Kenyan is cursing the arrival of Covid-19 disease.
For some lucky companies, the pandemic, which has given them a big break, is a blessing in disguise. Twelve firms, for instance, were awarded contracts worth Sh3 billion by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) to deliver items that were not covered by the state agency’s 2019/20 approved budget as of June 4, 2020, with some multimillion-shilling irregular bids going to friends and well-connected individuals.
The Covid-19 pandemic also gave some government ministries and counties the perfect cover to break procurement laws, and order goods worth billions of shillings in bulk from little known companies and briefcase entities, some of which had no capacity to deliver.
Take the case of Ivy Minyow Onyango, whose story demonstrates how easily Kenya’s procurement system can be bent. On January 22, Ms. Onyango, barely 30 years old, walked into the companies registry. This was weeks before Africa reported its first coronavirus case. She registered Kilig Limited. Several weeks later, her company was handpicked and handed an Sh4 billion offer to supply hundreds of thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). Each kit was to be delivered at an inflated cost of Sh9,000, from the then market price of Sh4,500, according to revelations in Parliament.

A Kenya Airports Authority worker looks on as a consignment of medical equipment donated by Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations is offloaded from a plane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 24. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The complete kit includes N95 masks, bodysuits, goggles, waterproof shoe covers and gloves. She was to supply 450,000 of each item.
The fact that her company had no proof or record of ability to supply such a big tender on such short notice did not bother Kemsa executives, who are now under the radar of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
On paper, at the company registry, Ms Onyango is the sole shareholder and director of the company, holding all the 1,000 shares.
All went well until something went wrong between her benefactors and top executives at Kemsa.
The deal would later leak to investigative agencies, but it was too late since the agency had already put pen to paper and the ink had dried.

Kemsa boss Jonah Manjari, would then quickly take a hasty retreat to cancel the deal after it became clear that Kilig had been given more than it could chew.
The Nation Investigations Desk has established that the actual beneficial owner of the company is a vocal Jubilee politician, who has made his billions by securing contracts from government agencies and selling them to companies in exchange for 10 percent cut.

We cannot name the politician, despite various confirmations by top executives at the drug agency, without running afoul with the defamation law, since his name and signature do not appear on any documentation.

Could it be murathe?

[SIZE=7]Houston man spent $1.6 million in COVID-19 relief fund money on cars, strip clubs, feds says[/SIZE]

Lee Price III is also accused of using the CARES Act funds on real estate, a Rolex and a Ford F-350 pickup.

Price III, 29, was arrested on charges of making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick said Price cooked up a scheme to submit fraudulent applications for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. The loans were intended to help businesses continue to pay employees during the pandemic.
Instead, Price bought a Lamborghini Uras, a Ford-350 pickup, real estate, a Rolex and other luxury items, according to Patrick.
He also allegedly spent thousands at strip clubs and other Houston night clubs.
One of the applications for 713 Construction listed a CEO who died a month before it was submitted.

Price got $700,000 for that one and another $900,000 for another company. Neither company has employees, according to the charges.
Price has a long rap sheet in Houston dating back to 2007 when he was a teenager.
The CARES Act was designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some people and businesses who had legit needs for the money have complained they never received it.

Maybe it is Kagwe himself…see how gives a lame answer to the issue at hand…

Following a huge uproar on the alleged corruption scandal, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Wednesday, August 5 defended the inflated procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Kagwe explained that at the time the government was procuring the PPEs, prices around the world were high due to increased demand.
"When we recorded our first case the global demand for PPEs was huge, we got into the market at a time when the demand was extremely high but because we had an emergency we had to contend with the situation as it was.’%20Guild%20(KEG)%20and%20Eric%20Oduor%20from%20the%20Kenya%20Union%20of%20Journalists%20(KUJ)..jpg?itok=CuSp__Nc
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter (Centre) presents donations of facemasks to Churchill Otieno (On His Right) from the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG) and Eric Oduor from the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ).
“Price is largely controlled by demand and supply schedules but while we worked on this situation we started addressing our local capacity for the production of PPEs to make sure that we were not subjected to prices that were not cost-effective to our service delivery,” he noted.
Local manufacturers were challenged by the Ministry of Health to provide PPEs that have grown as the country is now in a capacity to export.
The Ministry also sought a waiver for counties to acquire PPEs from different suppliers not just from Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) to get value for money.
Kagwe revealed that he sought to clarify the media reports about the government procuring PPEs at high costs.
"I wanted to make those remarks because obviously there have been those reports about the prices that were there before for PPEs.
“I would like to say that anybody doing a little bit of research will find that was indeed the situation at that time,” explained Kagwe.

Questions were raised in July after it emerged that KEMSA was procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at inflated prices of almost double the market price. Details also emerged on how newly-registered companies secured lucrative tenders at KEMSA despite there being little proof that they were capable of fulfilling their obligations in the deal. According to the reports, a total of 12 companies were allegedly awarded tenders worth Ksh3 Billion to supply items that were not covered in KEMSA’s budget as of June 4, 2020.