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Kemsa staff to be put on performance contracting to boost accountability

 Health CS Susan Nakhumicha, acting KEMSA CEO Andrew Mulwa, PS Harry Kimtai and KEMSA chairman Irungu Nyakera at KEMSA's Embakasi depot. [David Gichuru, Standard]

Workers at the troubled Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) will now sign performance contracts to enhance accountability and productivity.

The newly-appointed board chairman Irungu Nyakera said they have realised the need to put staff on target-based performance, also as a way of upholding ethical practises through performance evaluation.

"We cannot accomplish the vision of our president (William Ruto) if we do not put our house in order. It will be business unusual. We are going the extra mile to create a brand that can be trusted, a brand that people will be proud of," Nyakera said.

The official spoke on Wednesday when he met the staff at the authority's National Supply Chain Centre in Embakasi, Nairobi. He was accompanied by Kemsa's acting CEO Andrew Mulwa.

He said he is keen on improving services at the authority as one way to implement the Universal Health Coverage agenda.

"We must not shy away from the challenges that are before us. Rather, we need to embrace them as stepping stones towards a brighter future," Nyakera said.

The reconstituted Kemsa board has experts who will be instrumental in the authority's transformation journey aimed at making it more effective in the delivery of its mandate.

The new board and CEO were inaugurated last week by Health CS Susan Nakhumicha.

Dr Mulwa and Nyakera were appointed alongside new board members.

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