𝐒𝐄𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐇𝐀𝐌𝐈𝐃𝐀 𝐊𝐈𝐁𝐖𝐀𝐍𝐀 𝐒𝐄𝐄𝐊𝐒 𝐀 𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝟑.𝟕 𝐁𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒 𝐓𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐁𝐘 𝐊𝐄𝐌𝐒𝐀 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐔𝐏𝐏𝐋𝐘 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐐𝐔𝐈𝐓𝐎 𝐍𝐄𝐓𝐒.
Nominated Senator Hamida Kibwana has tabled a request for a statement from the Senate Standing Committee on Health regarding claims of mishandling of a Ksh 3.7 billion tender by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) for the supply of treated mosquito nets.
Sen. Hamida has tasked the committee a duty to cause investigation into claims of a bungled procurement process for the supply of treated mosquito nets, stating actions to hold officers involved and address claims of inconsistencies and discrepancies between KEMSA`s tender evaluation process which indicate possible manipulation of the rules in favour of specific bidders, disclosing any ongoing internal investigations regarding the issues raised by the Global Fund`s review of the tender process.
The committee should also state steps in place to improve transparency and accountability in procurement processes of the state agencies, providing medical supplies and services besides stating interventions if any to ensure that the millions of households affected by KEMSA`s error receive the treated mosquito nets they urgently need.
Further, the lawmaker wants the committee to in its report state measures, if any, the Ministry of Health will institute with the Global Fund to restore trust and confidence in the procurement processes of state agencies and ensure continued support for critical health initiatives in Kenya.