CS Mailu to face senators over Afya House ‘scandal’

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu will tomorrow appear before the senate Health Committee to respond to questions regarding the alleged loss of Sh5 billion in the ministry.

Committee chairman Senator Wilfred Machage confirmed that they have summoned the CS to get more information about the scandal.

Speaking in Mombasa over the weekend, Machage called for patience over matter saying various investigative agencies are currently engaged in investigations and will give their report soon.

“We cannot rely on the media over this scandal. We will carry our own independent investigations and come up with facts regarding the matter,” Dr Machage said.

He said the committee will present its report to the senate within 14 days for further deliberations and actions.

“What is in the public domain might be factual or not. Let us interrogate the right people to establish if at all money was embezzled,” he added.

“As the concerned committee, we will probe the audit report showing money may have been misappropriated through payments for unapproved projects in the ministry’s supplementary budget.”

The Migori senator said the committee cannot pronounce itself over the matter currently as all they have heard is based on media report and that’s why they need an explanation from the CS.

“So far the only thing we can say as the senate committee of health is that the CS will appear before the committee on Tuesday,” he stated.

Speaking at the same event, Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro said the matter will be discussed in the Senate in the next 14 days after a report is tabled by the Health Committee.

“We want to leave that matter to the health committee to investigate and present its report to the house within 14 days, the committee led by senator Machage is competent enough to present for us a comprehensive report,” Ethuro said.

This is the third time the Health Cabinet secretary is being summoned to appear before the committee.

Machage had earlier warned that the senate will not sit back and watch money meant for counties being embezzled by few individuals.

“As the custodian of interests of the counties, we will not condone what is going on at the ministry of health especially where the lives of people are involved. Embezzlement of funds seems to be gaining popularity especially in public institutions,” he said then.

A leaked internal audit report from the ministry revealed massive theft of money amounting to Sh5.3 billion

The government has however denied the allegations accusing the media of relying on a draft report with the Cabinet Secretary putting the figure at Sh3.2billion.

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