OKA MPs read malice in KEMSA staff directive

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa (right) shares a word with his Mwingi West counterpart Charles Nguna during a funds drive towards the construction of St. Emmanuel Catholic Church at Barpton in Kiminini constituency. Photo/courtesy

MPs allied to the one Kenya alliance are calling for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention to rescue the jobs of the staff of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) following a directive that they work from home.

KEMSA’s board of directors on Thursday announced plans to lay off an unspecified number of employees under a new structure installed in the wake of the scandal linked to the purchase of Covid-19 kits.

The leaders who spoke in Trans Nzoia accused the board of high handedness for dragging the staff in graft scandals at the body that involved senior officials who influenced procurement.

“We call on the president to intervene since the jobs of the staff are on line yet the country is going through a tough economic time due to the effect of the Covid 19 pandemic,” Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa spoke at Barpton in Nabiswa ward.

Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri said those who were implicated in the Sh7 billion Covid-19 merchandise procurement scam should face the consequences instead of transferring the blame to innocent employees.

“It is unfair to target employees who have no clue of what transpired. We see this as a ploy to shift the focus from the real culprits in the name of overhauling the whole authority as alleged,” said Mr. Obiri.

The leaders also reaffirmed the commitment by the OKA alliance to form the next government dismissing critics who have reduced the presidential contest to deputy president William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

“OKA will soon name its flag bearer and be rest assured that we are in this game to win and form the next government. We are not moved by the political analogy of horses,” said Mrs. Joyce Kameme, Machakos woman representative.

The leaders who are members of the Catholic MPs caucus spoke during a fundraising towards the construction of St. Emmanuel Catholic Church at Barpton in Kiminini constituency.