By Shadrack Nyakoe
Kenyans have come out in large numbers to demand the government to complete the accused persons charged with embezzling money meant for containing the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that stroke the nation in March 2020. The activists held a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday from the Supreme Court to the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution and finally to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation.
The health sector has been facing high instances of corruption which is negatively impacting the realization of the right to health.
They said corruption is robbing the country of critical funds meant to ensure citizens can access quality health services, vaccines for children, essential drugs for the vulnerable and marginalized, better health facilities, guaranteed healthcare personnel, and quality health equipment and supplies, among others.
It was also noted that corruption often thrives during times of crisis, particularly when institutions and oversight are weak, and public trust is low – even in times of crisis, some aim to profit from others’ misfortune.
“On 29th March 2021, Transparency International Kenya, Inuka Kenya Trust, and The Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) wrote to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to request for information on the progress of the Kenya Medical Supply Authority (KEMSA) COVID-19 procurement probe. No response has been given this far,” they said.
The further stated that the Constitution affirms the provisions of the Access to Information Act regarding the provision and making data freely available for the public interest.
“The continuous corruption cases in the health sector have led to the loss of money that is now affecting service delivery in the health sector putting the lives of thousands of citizens at risk. ODPP, EACC, ODCI complete the probe act on KEMSA Covid-19 millionaires and relay the information to the public, ” said leaders of lobby group namely Transparency International Kenya.