Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has denied reports of the Health Ministry spending Ksh 4 million of COVID-19 funds on tea and snacks.
He dismissed the reports in a long post on his Facebook page. This comes after an expenditure breakdown allegedly released by the Health Ministry was disclosed showing their expenditure since the pandemic hit the country.
Kenyans were infuriated by the allocation of Ksh 4 million to tea and snacks and an additional Ksh 2 million for airtime for its staff members. Kagwe has now stated that the report of the expenditure should be treated as propaganda.
As a Kenyan, I too have been disappointed by leaders who fail us for reasons that span inefficiency to corruption. The allegations you are seeing are based on this trend: public scepticism and pessimism. I get it.
And so I am here to let you know that among us is a cohort that believes in exploitation and that thinks that by spreading lies, innuendo and propaganda, I will be intimidated and worse, lose the trust of you – the Kenyan – who believes in our cause and my integrityMutahi Kagwe
The Health CS said that he is not intimidated by such reports and promised that the COVID-19 funds would not be stolen under his watch. He added that he would fire anyone associated with mismanagement of money should the reports be true.
I am no greenhorn; I have seen such mischief before, wasn’t intimated then and will not be intimidated now. Watch my actions, they will illustrate this
There will be no theft of Covid-19 resources under my watch and if there is any truth regarding the misuse of Covid-19 funds, beyond being disheartened, I guarantee you that those responsible will be out of the ministry faster than we can blinkMutahi Kagwe
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