Former Machakos County Senator Johnson Muthama has made a bold claim stating that Covid-19 emergency supplies fund that has billions of shillings and was meant to cushion Kenyans during the pandemic has been stolen.
Speaking at a press conference together with former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, the outspoken former Senator challenged the government to explain to Kenyans how the money was being used.
He added that the money had been stashed in offshore accounts. He claimed that the top officials were now diverting the attention of Kenyans from the theft of the funds to politics of 2022.
He added that the government should not ask for more funds from donors before disclosing how the funds were used.
“This is the money that was intended to cushion Kenyans against this disease. But it has been stolen and stashed in overseas accounts. They are now diverting the attention of Kenyans from the theft of COVID-19 funds to the politics of 2022. But what we are saying is, let the government make full disclosure on how the funds were used before soliciting the same from donors,” he stated.
On Thursday 13 August, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani appeared before the National Health Committee and disclosed that the government had received a total of Khs. 134 billion from bilateral and multilateral partners.
He revealed that the Ministry of Health had not spent a cent from the emergency supplies fund.
“The National Treasury has so far received Sh134.0 billion for the fight against Covid-19 from various bilateral and multilateral development partners out of which Sh130.4 billion was disbursed. The balance will be utilised in the current financial year for continued Covid-19 pandemic interventions,” he told the Committee.
The fund was set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March this year to help the government cushion Kenyans as after COVID-19 hit the country in March.