Kenya risks losing KSh48 billion from Global Fund over Covid-19 Kemsa graft

KENYA – The Global Fund has said Kenya risks losing KSh48 billion (US$444.7 million) if corruption allegations at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) are not completed and changes made to ensure transparency. The fund mobilizes and invests money to accelerate the fight against Aids, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission began investigating allegations of graft at Kemsa last year over the procurement and supply of Covid-19 equipment. The agency cited an “irregular expenditure” of KSh7.8 billion. The Fund and the Kenyan government have signed a…

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Corrupt deals surrounding COVID-19 funds weigh down mitigation efforts in Africa

AFRICA – Africa has reported continued theft of COVID-19 response funds. Rampant corruption and theft of cash and other incentives meant to relieve impacts of the disease has been reported in several African countries. In Malawi, 64 people were arrested in April in connection with misuse of Covid-19 funds. Recently, the president, Chakwera Lazarus,  fired the country’s Labour Minister who was alleged to have taken US$760 from the Covid-19 funds for his personal allowance, in connection to mismanagement of funds. About US$1.3 million have been reported to have been embezzled…

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