Government terminates contracts of KEMSA board members

The government has with immediate effect terminated the appointment contracts of board members of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) board with immediate effect.

In a gazette notice dated Thursday, April 29, the CS revoked the appointments of Timothy Mwololo Waema, Bibiana K. Njue, Joel Onsare Gesuka, and Dorothy Otieno from the board.

Kagwe instead appointed Lawrence Wahome, Robert Nyarango, Terry Kiunge Ramadhani, Linton Nyaga Kinyua appointed as the new board members for a three-year term.

USAID for the first time yesterday through a local TV station declared its stand on the ARV stand off, with US Secretary of State, Anthony J Blanken saying corruption at KEMSA was the elephant in the room as to why they are yet to release the Antiretroviral supplies.

“We have had an issue with KEMSA, the institution responsible for the distribution, and as you know very well, concerns in particular about corruption that I know the government is working to reform. we have an obligation to our own taxpayers when we’re spending their money to do it in a way that is accountable and fully transparent,” Blinked said on Wednesday.

A Senate report had also accused the Board of KEMSA of failing to oversee the operations of the management in the procurement of Covid-19 items.

  • Source KNA