Spot­light on direc­tors of firms in Sh45m health­care syn­di­cate

Four com­pa­nies based in Nairobi re­ceived the money early last month un­der un­clear cir­cum­stances be­cause no equip­ment was sup­plied

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ELKANA JA­COB @elka­na_­ja­cob

The state will freeze the as­sets of four direc­tors of com­pa­nies linked to a Sh45 mil­lion health­care syn­di­cate in Malindi.

The com­pa­nies – Daima One En­ter­prises, Zo­hali Ser­vices, Makegra Sup­pli­ers Ltd and Kilingi In­vest­ments – are all based in Nairobi and do not have branches in Kil­ifi county.

Ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant ob­tained on Oc­to­ber 18 by a multi-agency team of de­tec­tives, Sh45,455,825 was wired to the com­pa­nies in early Oc­to­ber un­der un­clear cir­cum­stances.

A source who sought anonymity told the Star the state will seek to dereg­is­ter the com­pa­nies.

“Ac­cord­ing to the new laws on fraud, the as­sets of the four direc­tors will au­to­mat­i­cally be frozen and the com­pa­nies dereg­is­tered. This is a se­ri­ous of­fence. How can some­one sup­ply noth­ing to the county and mil­lions of shillingsbe wired to their ac­counts?” he said.

The Star has es­tab­lished staff in the Health and Ac­counts de­part­ments have been meet­ing se­cretly in Kil­ifi and Malindi ho­tels.

In a let­ter dated Novem­ber 8, the county sec­re­tary and the head of the pub­lic ser­vice board rec­om­mended that head of ac­counts John Kalume step aside.

“This is to di­rect that you hand over of­fice to the chief of­fi­cer – Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Plan­ning – un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the county ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber – Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Plan­ning Works by to­day Novem­ber 8, by 12 noon,” reads the let­ter.

Sev­eral county of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Fi­nance ex­ec­u­tive John Kombe, his Health coun­ter­part Ti­mothy Malingi and head of pro­cure­ment Matano Choge, might be pros­e­cuted for al­legedly col­lud­ing in the fraud.

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