28 Jan, 2021 08:00 am

Kenya: Company Got Sh50 Million Kemsa Tender By Phone

A parliamentary team investigating the usage of Covid-19 funds was yesterday informed of a company that bagged a Sh50 million tender by phone even as the firm claimed a number of the committee members once worked for it.

Crown Healthcare Services MD Shilen Thakerar told the National Assembly Public Investments Committee that the firm employed the MPs about 20 years ago but was quick to add that they did not influence the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) tender.Mr Thakerar added that Mr Juma called Crown Healthcare Services and asked it to supply gloves and ventilators.He said Ms Kabiru phoned Crown Healthcare employees Julius Anyona and Roslyn Ngugi to seal the deal.Mr Thakerar defended Crown Healthcare against irregularities, saying many regulations were not followed because the country was battling a pandemic.

Mr Thakerar said Crown Healthcare has not been paid due to the ongoing investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.An officer representing Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu said there was a typing error in the initial report.

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