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Stop Kemsa mob lynching, allow a proper probe

A serious matter that means life and death to many is being politicised

In Summary
  • It is wrong at this point to condemn those allegedly involved.
  • It is also premature to defend anyone or dismiss reports of impropriety.
Nakuru human right defender Vincent Tanui arrested by police officers during a demonstration in Nakuru town on August 24, 2020, over the alleged theft of Covid -19 funds.
Nakuru human right defender Vincent Tanui arrested by police officers during a demonstration in Nakuru town on August 24, 2020, over the alleged theft of Covid -19 funds.
Image: BEN NDONGA

The strident public debate on claims of irregularities in the purchase of Covid-19 equipment by the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency is taking the wrong direction.

Kemsa chief officer Jonah Manjari, Procurement director Charles Juma and Commercial director Eliud Muriithi have been suspended on the EACC's request.

But even before the EACC could start its work, politicians and activists have launched a public lynching of the three and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

 
 

A serious matter that means life and death to many is being politicised

It is wrong at this point to condemn those allegedly involved. It is also premature to defend anyone or dismiss reports of impropriety.

The EACC and other arms of government must be given a chance to carry out thorough investigations.

This is the only way the country will get to know what exactly happened and who is culpable.

The EACC, alongside the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, would then be required to expeditiously, and without favour, prosecute the prime suspects.

Engaging in a public spat and mob lynching while investigations are ongoing will do more harm than good to the nation.

Quote of the Day: “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”

 
 

Jorge Luis Borges

The Argentine writer was born on August 24, 1899.