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Eacc summons Health CS Mailu, Muraguri over Sh5b scandal

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has summoned Health secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu, his principal secretary Nicholas Muraguri and other senior officials over Sh5 billion expenditure by the ministry.

The money — enough to buy 16 state-of-the-art cobalt cancer fighting equipment to add to the only one available at the Kenyatta National Hospital — is suspected to have been stolen in the last financial year or paid to phoney companies, according to a leaked report addressed to the Cabinet secretary, Dr Cleopa Mailu.

The EACC team will on Wednesday morning and evening interrogate Health Principal Secretary Nicholas Muraguri and head of finance Peter Odundo.

Others scheduled to appear before the commission include procurement head Peter Mwangi and Kenya Medical Supplies Authority CEO John Munyu.

A former head of procurement in the ministry, Mr Ephantus Thiga, and former head of accounts Peter Macharia will also be questioned on different dates this week.

The ministry on Monday sought to clear its name over graft allegations, saying the contents of the document had not been finalised and the media reports were “prematurely made public”.