A group of civil society organisations have strongly condemned the alleged loss of Covid-19 funds and corruption allegations at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
Led by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), ICJ-Kenya, Transparency International Kenya and the National Nurses Association of Kenya, the civil society organisations have demanded for the accountability of every shilling allocated in the fight against the pandemic and donations.
The human rights actors have accused the government of failing to make public information regarding Covid-19 spending, including donations from partners, a move they say has made it easy to loot monies meant to assist frontline health workers and COVID-19 victims.
The civil society groups addressed the press in Nairobi, where they demanded for immediate audit of the COVID-19 funds, publication of companies that were awarded tenders in regards to the pandemic and their owners, and immediate investigations into the alleged scam so as to establish the exact amount of monies that has been lost and prosecute every suspect linked to the corruption.
They further called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to come out publicly and address the nation over alleged loss of billions of shillings allocated in the fight against coronavirus.
This , even as separately, demonstrations have rocked Mombasa today, with protestors calling for prosecution of those found culpable in the alleged mismanagement of COVID 19 funds.
The demonstrators engaged police in running battles for the better part of this morning, leading to the arrest of more than 5 of them, as police lobbed teargaas canisters to disperse them. Shops and businesses at the Central Buiness District had to be closed as the irate protesters decried the looting of funds meant for the pandemic.
Similar scenes rocked Nairobi and Nakuru yesterday, as more activists were arrested in demos which the police have termed as illegal assembly, that contravene the COVID 19 health regulations of social and physical distancing.