Murathe’s role in dubious Kemsa scandal revealed

Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe. [Photo: Courtesy]

Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe has been roped into the murky Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa)

In an affidavit to National Assembly’s Public Investment Committee, Murathe conceded to being a loan guarantor for Kilig Ltd, one of the firms that were involved in the business with Kemsa.

Murathe had four month ago denied any links with Kilig which got a Ksh4 billion tender for a quoted 450, personal protective equipment.

In the new affidavit to the house committee, Murathe said that he was only a loan guarantor and not a shareholder or a director as has been alleged.

Kilig won the Ksh4 million tender two months after its registration.

He said the Kilig was under the stewardship of Wilbroad Gachoka and a Chinese national Zhu Jinping. He guaranteed payments to a Chinese firm trading as ENTEC Ltd.

The was that Entec supply the PPEs and get paid by Kilig as soon as it got paid by Kemsa. Murathe’s involvement came in as the guarantor who would ensure that Kilig paid Entec.

Entec director, a Chinese national Chen Chao told the committee led by Abdulswamad Nassir that he got into the deal knowing Murathe could influence it because of his standing in the society.

“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.

MPs said that Murathe’s role was to influence the tender award.

“It seems Murathe was brought to influence the process. His role was to make sure that this thing was paid.”

“We need him here in person because Kenyans want to see this big fish who can influence payments of this magnitude,” Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang said.