Muraguri, CS quizzed about Sh10m clin­ics

Health com­mit­tee to­day ex­pects to in­spect stacks of con­tain­ers in Mom­basa

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - SA­MUEL KISIKA @KisikaSam

Two Health min­istry chiefs yes­ter­day were hard pressed to ex­plain why one year af­ter pro­cure­ment 100 con­tainer clin­ics in the Slum Up­grad­ing Pro­gramme are gath­er­ing dust.

The Na­tional As­sem­bly Health Com­mit­tee ques­tioned CS Cleopa Mailu and PS Ni­cholas Muraguri over the de­layed dis­tri­bu­tion of 100 clin­ics cost­ing Sh10 mil­lion each. The clin­ics have been ly­ing at the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice cen­tre in Mom­basa.

“I thought the min­istry pre­pared the ground and iden­ti­fied the des­ti­na­tion of the clin­ics be­fore pur­chase,” Ton­garen MP Eseli Simiyu said. “This com­mit­tee should be told the amount used to pre­pare the ground and whether there was value for money.”

He ac­cused com­mit­tee chair­per­son Rachael Nya­mai (Ki­tui South MP) of stalling and shield­ing Mailu and Muraguri by telling them to re­spond af­ter the com­mit­tee in­spects the clin­ics.

The MPs are to in­spect clin­ics to­day. Muraguri said, “The cost of pre­par­ing the ground dif­fers. Some places have good ground and a con­tainer can eas­ily be placed, while oth­ers don’t.

/JACK OWUOR

Health PS Ni­cholas Muraguri and CS Cleopa Mailu be­fore Par­lia­ment’s Health Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day

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