Itumbi de­fends state on HealthGate query

‘Kenyans will soon know the truth’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - WAMBUGU KANYI @joe­wambugu2003

State House Di­rec­tor of Dig­i­tal Me­dia Den­nis Itumbi has urged Kenyans not to rush to pass a cor­rup­tion ver­dict against the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment.

He said peo­ple should wait for an au­dit and full in­ves­ti­ga­tions by rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Itumbi was re­act­ing to queries raised over Sh5.2 bil­lion at the Health min­istry.

“I urge Kenyans not to hastily link any­one to cor­rup­tion be­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tions to con­firm the same have con­cluded,” he said.

Itumbi said Kenyans will soon know the truth on the al­leged theft of Sh5 bil­lion at Afya House, say­ing the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and other agen­cies are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

He said it has be­come eas­ier to de­tect graft af­ter the gov­ern­ment digi­tised its fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions through the In­te­grated Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

Itumbi, who was ac­com­pa­nied by other state of­fi­cials, spoke at Our Lady of Con­so­lata Cathe­dral in Ny­eri town on Satur­day, where at­tended the In­ter-Dio­ce­sesary Mu­sic Coun­cil Fes­ti­val. It in­cluded Ny­eri, Nairobi, Mu­ranga, Embu and Nyahu­ruru dio­ce­ses.

The gov­ern­ment on Tues­day de­fended it­self in the multi­bil­lion-shilling HealthGate af­fair, re­jected the Health min­istry’s in­terim au­dit and said ev­ery­thing ten­dered and paid for has been de­liv­ered.

It said the Sh5.2 bil­lion fig­ure widely re­ported as sus­pect spend­ing was greatly ex­ag­ger­ated and there was no in­ap­pro­pri­ate spend­ing or pro­cure­ment. Health CS Cleopa Mailu ques­tioned the in­ter­nal au­dit process and its qual­ity.


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