Every day Kenyans wake up to news of billions and billions of public money stolen. The fact that citizens pay taxes for development and yet the same money is stolen from them is quite disturbing. It is easy to note that corruption levels in the country have gone too high even attracting attention from international organizations urging the president and government to put the country in order. A government you elected stealing from you is devastating. During these pandemic period, cases of corruption from the same money that sought to help cushion Kenyans from the fatal effects of the virus has risen to extremely high levels. The latest case that has trended on social media for a while is the Covid 19 millionaires.
Just the other day, Jack Ma sent his donation to Kenya in terms of PPE\'s and masks meant for health workers. The items were received by His Excellency the CS Health Mutahi Kagwe. A promise was made to ensure the supplies were equally distributed among the 47 counties. It was a happy time for Kenyans and all patriots could not wait but congratulate Jack Ma\'s efforts to help the nation. It is only lately that we are told the same items received did not reach their destinations. Who stole the items and how are the questions that linger in the minds of Kenyans. The people required to keep watch on the items have not been identified and many questions have been asked but no answers have been brought forward. What is even more disheartening is that the health and security agencies have not taken any measures with no individual brought to book.
The Kemsa scandal has been the talk of town for a while in the recent past. The story behind the theft of billions of money is seeking to be unfold. Prices stated at Kemsa are seen to be two or three times higher than the price in other companies supplying medical kits. Kemsa is a monopoly with every county having to get their medical supplies from the company. Counties have sought to look for other options owing to high prices at Kemsa. Tenders being distributed to various organizations by Kemsa has been affected by presence of corruption officials who influence the procurement process. The CS and PS health have no authority to issue orders to Kemsa on who to award a tender. This was alleged by the heads at Kemsa which raises questions on the depth of the situation at Afya House. With Kenyans putting a lot of pressure on the government, the President issued an ultimatum of 21 days to have completed all investigations with those found guilty facing trial and imprisonment. 21 days elapsed in the past week and so far no major steps are visible raising questions. Sadly, the President as well has not said anything on the matter so far.
Okoth Obado, the governor of Migori County, has hit the headlines in the past weeks. He was arrested together with members of his family. It is a shock how money belonging to residents of Migori county was being distributed among the numerous bank accounts belonging to the family members. Money meant for development in the county is paying the bills of family and also being used to lead luxurious lives. Members of the county and some of the leaders are seen publicly defending him which is ridiculous. Many governors including Mike Sonko, Ferdinand Waititu and Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru have faced accusations of squandering public money. Some of them have faced impeachment in the process with only Waiguru surviving in the senate. Mike Sonko is still battling to have control over Nairobi County with most of the duties already given to the National Government.