Lamu, KENYA: Amani National Congress-ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called for a forensic audit of the Sh.35 Billion Managed Equipment Service Project-Tiba Mashinani project by the national government.
The former Deputy Prime minister who just completed his two day tour in Lamu County, said the leased hospital equipment was tactfully forced onto county governments in 2014.
Mudavadi said the project was launched in the guise of ensuring Kenyans in all the 47 counties enjoy access to quality health services, but questioned why that hasn’t been the case so far.
Speaking at the Ndoto House hotel in Shella,Lamu,Musalia said a major scandal was in the offing even as the Jubilee government strives to mount a cover up in the ongoing Sh.5 Billion heist from the Ministry of Health.
“The secretive agreements to lease the hospital equipment was motivated by desire to create a monopoly to benefit a cartel of local dealers and suppliers who are minting profits from County governments through inflated prices.Unfortunately the cost of such a plan is definitely transferred to the poor Kenyans seeking treatment,” said Mudavadi.
“That means very few Kenyans afford the cost of treatment and hence the urgent need for a thorough forensic audit,” added Mudavadi.
Mudavadi has thus challenged the government, through a forensic audit to give details of the agreements signed between the government and various companies to lease the hospital equipment.
Th equipment include; theatre machines, sterilization and surgical sets, ICU equipment, renal equipment, imaging and radiology equipment to at least two hospitals per county.
He also wondered whether the said equipment had been satisfactorily installed and whether sufficient trained staff had been employed to man such equipment.
“At the time of the lease agreement, the county had only 27 Kidney specialists and 9 vascular surgeons. It is now two years since the lease agreements. In the event that the equipment have not been installed or installed but lying idle for lack of qualified manpower to run them, is the country getting value for money paying Sh.5 billion per year for 7 years?,” He posed.
Mudavadi also asked the government to disclose who an individual named Macharia of Seven Seas, an IT company who was granted sole contract to supply Imaging equipment and consumables.
The guy is alleged to be from General Electric Company of the United States and he also asked whether he is in any way related to former CS for Health but now Transport and Infrastructure CS James Macharia.
“Is this Macharia in any way related to former CS Health and now CS Transport and Infrastructure? Who is a Mrs Matu of Anjelica Company given sole supply contract and dealer in dialysis related equipment and consumables from Belco Company of Italy? Who is a Mr Richard Ngatia of Megascope Company, with a sole contract to supply theatre equipment from Mindray Company of China? Is this the same Ngatia who features prominently in the Sh 5.3 billion theft,” posed Mudavadi.
On maters inflation,Mudavadi also questioned why the price of imaging films and dialysis consumables from sole supplier ANJELICA are going for Sh. 36,000 and 4,500 while the open market fetches Sh. 17,000 and sh. 3,000 respectively.
He said the matter was urgent and required the government to act expeditiously on the audit.