MEDIA claims that Jubilee Party VC David Murathe CONFIRMED that he was a signatory to a joint account, Kilig Limited, opened for the purpose of receiving 4 Billion payment from Kemsa for the supply of PPEs.
But MURATHE himself, says his affidavit is clear.
In an affidavit submitted to the Public Investments Committee, the politician said he guaranteed Kilig Ltd. Murathe had previously denied association with the firm. Murathe says he was a bank guarantor for a firm implicated in the Sh7.8 billion Kemsa scandal.
He denies being a director, shareholder or beneficial owner of Kilig in the affidavit.
Kilig was awarded a Sh4 billion tender to supply 450,000 personal protective equipment to Kemsa.
The firm was awarded the lucrative contract two months after registration. It was not pre-qualified to tender by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency.
Murathe says in the affidavit he was requested by Kilig – then under the directorship of Wilbroad Gachoka and a Chinese national Zhu Jinping – to guarantee payments to a Chinese firm trading as ENTEC Ltd.
Entec was the supplier of the PPE kits and Murathe was to guarantee that the company would be paid upon Kemsa effecting payments to Kilig.
PIC members led by chairman and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said it can be concluded that Murathe was engaged by the firm to influence the award and the payments.
Entec director Chen Chao submitted that he got into the deal having known that Murathe “is a respectable high-standing member of society in Kenya”.
“I requested Murathe to be a guarantor for this transaction by being a mandatory signatory together with me in the Kilig account at Equity Bank,” Chao submitted.
Susan Kihika a critic of the govt tweeted as follows: “Murathe has been running around shouting Thief, Thief while all along he is the THIEF! Uhuru promised the country to take action on these Kemsa Thieves, waiting to see what he will do now that the thieves are his Court Jesters, inner circle? A president doesn’t lie, right?”