Health Gate probe must be graft-free

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The theft of bil­lions of shillings from the min­istry of Health re­ported by its own in­ter­nal au­di­tors is un­ac­cept­able. Moth­ers and new­born ba­bies top the list of those who stand to suf­fer, among them peo­ple liv­ing with Aids.

This is de­plorable, par­tic­u­larly as the min­istry ap­pears to have lost more than 20 per cent of the Sh23 bil­lion al­lo­cated to health­care in the na­tional Bud­get.

For ev­ery shilling stolen from the min­istry of Health by thiev­ing of­fi­cials and the cor­rup­tion car­tels that play their puppet mas­ters, an ail­ing Kenyan suf­fers even more and, or dies. Cor­rup­tion kills, and never more so than when the stolen funds are taken from health bud­gets.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors must be thor­ough in fol­low­ing the digi­tised money trail and mak­ing mean­ing­ful ar­rests backed by solid and swiftly pros­e­cutable ev­i­dence. The usual cir­cus of merely go­ing through the mo­tions of in­ves­ti­ga­tion must not hap­pen again. And govern­ment is surely aware the scam can only de­stroy what’s left of its an­ti­cor­rup­tion cre­den­tials ahead of 2017.

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