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She walked into KEMSA and within two weeks, walked out with KSh348M tender

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Former Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Halakhe Waqo was on Wednesday, February 17 dragged into the KEMSA scandal.

Appearing before National Assembly Public Investment Committee (PIC), Zubeda Nyamlondo, one of the directors at Aszure Commercial Services stunned MPs when she explained how she got a KSh348 million tender from KEMSA.

Nyamlondo, who was modestly dressed with a red marvin hat and a matching face mask, was faced with a hard task explaining how a company that started in 2018 was able to get the big money tender to supply COVID-19 protective masks.

Even more shocking was how she took the watchdog committee in circles, occasionally contradicting herself, to the dismay of the lawmakers.

PIC Chairperson who is also Mvita MP, Abdulswamad Nassir, could not fathom how in less than two weeks, Nyamlondo was able to sign a contract worth KSh348 million.

As if this ridiculous timeframe was not enough, Aszure had done business only worth KSh8 million since it started, with MPs wondering how the firm sourced for funds to finance such a large contract.

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It also emerged that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aszure was dealing with furniture supplies.

It was at this point when the grilling appeared to be taking a toll on Nyamlondo that the name of Waqo popped up.

All hell broke lose after it emerged that the KSh348 million paid to the company was done through a bank account that Waqo allegedly co-owns.

The committee then resolved to summon the former EACC boss, so that he explains his link to the firm.

A report by the Auditor General Nancy Gathungu in 2020 touching on the procurement scandal at KEMSA revealed that KSh2.3 billion was lost in procuring Covid-19 medical supplies.

The damning report revealed that billions of shillings were unaccounted for and that there was no budgetary approval by relevant authorities.

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