Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has returned the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) files to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for further investigation in the KShs 7.8 billion Covid-19 procurement scandal.
Haji, in a statement, stated that he had identified gaps in the investigation file that need to be covered for effective prosecution.
“The team identified key areas that need to be sufficiently covered by way of further investigations before a final decision to be made,” he said.
He continued, “Having carefully analyzed the report by the team and considering the requirements for a strong and successful prosecution, I have concluded that the identified areas should be covered by the EACC.”
Prosecutors had been analyzing recommendations from EACC that were submitted to the DPP two weeks ago. The DPP has further instructed his prosecution team to team up with EACC to address the identified gaps.
Haji acknowledged that the scandal surrounding Kemsa is a matter of public interest, and the public needs more updates on the details as the probe continues. Kemsa has been on highlights for alleged irregular procurement and fraudulent payments that led to the loss of Ssh7.8 billion.
The anti-corruption commission carried its investigations within 21 days as per the direction from President Uhuru Kenyatta and submitted the findings to DPP on September 18, 2020.
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