Kenya to prosecute top officials over $7.8m in missing COVID-19 funds

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In a situation that mirrors that playing out in South Africa, Kenyan investigators are to recommend the prosecution of at least 15 top government officials and businessmen over the alleged misuse of millions of dollars meant for buying COVID-19 medical supplies.

BBC News reports that the probe uncovered evidence of tenders being allegedly given to politically-connected individuals and businesses. The first phase of investigations has centred around the alleged misuse of $7.8m meant to purchase emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and hospitals across the country.

Investigators from the Kenya Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission say preliminary findings have shown that several laws on public procurement were flouted during the awarding of the tenders. The commission has recommended the prosecution of all officials at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority and the Kenya Health Ministry who it believes were behind the scandal.


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