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Kenya’s anti-corruption agency has documented evidence of “criminal” behaviour by officials over the procurement of Covid-19 emergency equipment, according to a report presented to the Senate.

The

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission began investigating allegations of graft in June over the procurement and supply of Covid-19 equipment by the

Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

The commission said there was “irregular expenditure” of 7.8bn Kenyan shillings ($71.96m).

A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against suspected corruption.
A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against suspected corruption. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The revelations come at a time when medical staff in the east African nation have gone on a series of strikes over low pay and poor-quality protective equipment to treat Covid-19 patients.

The watchdog shared its preliminary findings with the director of public prosecutions and has recommended charges against some officials and a system-wide review at the procurement authority to “seal corruption loopholes in future”.

The head of KEMSA was suspended last month over allegations that it had procured low-quality items and inflated the prices of others.

Last month, police teargassed protesters in

Nairobi during a demonstration against alleged corruption in the procurement of protective gear meant for defence against Covid-19.

Health workers in Kenya have posted images on social media showing what they claim is inadequate protective equipment provided to them, such as porous dust overalls that would not prevent the spread of the virus.

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/sep/24/coronavirus-live-news-indonesia-sees-record-case-rise-india-deaths-pass-90000?ref=hvper.com

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