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Firm distances itself from Covid-19 kits saga

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy KAMAU MUTHONI | 7 months ago
By KAMAU MUTHONI | 7 months ago

 Kenya received 100,000 masks from the Jack Ma Foundation. The masks, together with 20,000 test kits and 1,000 protective gear landed at the JKIA on March 24, 2020. [Edward Kiplimo,Standard]

A healthcare company has distanced itself from Covid-19 kits saga rocking the Ministry of Health, saying it was neither hired nor involved in clearing donation by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.

Megascope Healthcare Kenya Limited, through its lawyer Njoroge Regeru, says its reputation has been affected after being linked to the saga.

“Our client was not contracted and has no time whatsoever been contracted by Kemsa (Kenya Medical Supplies Agency) to clear any consignment on its behalf,” said Regeru.

Jack Ma donated at least 25,000 kits for testing coronavirus and 100,000 face masks through his Alibaba Foundation. At the same time, the Chinese government had its share of donation. The saga is unfolding each day even as politicians and activists call for investigations of companies and individuals who may have illegally benefited from the pandemic.

USAID threat

Already, USAID has written to the government, threatening to pull out of Sh400 billion funding programme for purchasing malaria, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis medicine over the graft allegations.

Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto have also called for resignation of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe over the saga.

Kagwe appeared last week before Parliament and defended the ministry over the saga.

On Saturday, Orange Democratic Movement urged for caution on the Kemsa saga, saying the allegations are causing unnecessary panic.

Megascope has now threatened to sue a local TV station over its exposé alleging that it had played a part. It wrote to the media house on August 20, 2020, seeking retraction of the story and an apology.

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