Mr Murathe admits in an affidavit to MPs who investigated the multi-billion shilling fraud in which taxpayers lost huge sums of money due to irregular tenders, that he signed Kilig Limited’s account with Equity Bank. < / p>
Kilig Limited received a Sh 4 billion tender for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa), a transaction it then passed on to another company, Entec Technology Limited , forgave.
“Kilig Limited and Entec Technology Limited only asked me to sign Kilig Limited’s bank account to ensure that Entec as a PSA kit supplier will be paid to Kemsa after the procurement process is complete and I will have promised ”, says Murathe in the affidavit.
It is the first time that Mr. Murathe admits that he was able to benefit financially from the Kemsa deliveries for Covid-19 devices, the national outrage last year and even caught President Kenyatta’s attention, who ordered an ethics and anti-corruption commission (EACC) investigation into the matter.
When he appeared before the EACC last September, Mr. Murathe denied any involvement in the Baptized as the Covid millionaire scandal.
Then he tried to divert the blame on Vice President William Ruto without providing any evidence to support his claims.
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“I know Wilbroad, a partner at Kilig, and a Mr. Zhu, and I know that at some point they have not been able to secure funding to provide the kits they have promised. They had a letter of commitment from Kemsa, they transferred their stake to people who are well-known employees of DP Ruto. That’s why I came here today to present this evidence, “claimed Murathe at the time.
The DP quickly denied involvement in the Kemsa scandal.
” The corruption advisors, brokers and conmen, some bankrupt in 2013, are now billionaires after looting William Samoei Ruto, ”tweeted Dr. Ruto on his official grip at the time.
The MPs now want the deputy anniversary chairman to appear before them on Thursday next week to explain his role in the scandal.
The Committee on Public National Assembly Investments yesterday rejected the affidavit submitted by Mr Murathe, insisting that he must appear before them in person to answer a multitude of questions concerning him Mr Murathe was expected to join with Wilbroad Gatei and Mr Chan Chao, a Chinese citizen, appeared before the Abdulswamad Nassir-led committee yesterday, but all filed affidavits instead. each describes their role in Kilig’s Sh4 billion tender.
Take a look Mr Murathe’s affidavit that he was a signatory to Kilig’s bank account is a clear testimony that he has used his closeness to power, to influence the issuing of a letter of commitment to the little known Kilig Ltd, which was only two months old when Kenya reported its first Covid-19 case.
Wajir East MP Rashid Amin said, The committee had “looked for big fish” behind the Kemsa scandal and now they have found one.
“Mr. Murathe used his proximity to the executive to influence the tender,” said Mr. Amin and added added: “Mr Murathe has to appear before this committee so that we can interrogate him. We were asked about the big fish in this scandal. “
Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang ‘said it was clear from Mr Murathe’s affidavit that the politician used his position to influence the payment at Kemsa.
“If his role was to ensure that the payment to Entec was made, as he admitted in the affidavit, then it was clear that his role was to influence the payment to Kilig. These are the people we want in front of us. The people who influenced the payment at Kemsa, ”said Kajwang. In his affidavit, Murathe said he had never been a shareholder or had bought from Kilig or Entec Technology Ltd. benefits Mr Murathe said he stopped signing Kilig after Kemsa canceled his letter of commitment to supply Sh4 billion PPE due to lack of funds.
” I ceased to be a signatory effective August 5, 2020 and I am no longer a signatory to an account, ”he said.
He informed the committee that Wilbroad Gatei and Zhu Jimping Kilig and were also the directors of the company.
Mr. Gatei admitted in his affidavit that he accepted Kilig with Zhu Jimping on January 22, 2020. However, he pointed out that in April 2020 they resigned as directors of Kilig and transferred their shares to a Collins Bush Wanjala in fulfillment of agreements with the company’s funding partners.
He said the company did financial difficulties difficulties in raising funds for the delivery of the Sh 4 billion Kemsa PPE tender. At that point, Kilig entered into an agreement with a Chinese company, Entec Technology Ltd, for the supply of the PPE.
In his affidavit to the committee, Chen Chao, the director of Entec, stated that he knows Mr. Murathe and even described him as a “respected high-ranking member of Kenyan society”.
“In order to secure and guarantee Entec’s claims under the supply agreement and to protect Entec’s investment, I asked David Murathe to do so is a guarantor of this transaction by being a mandatory signer on my Kilig Ltd account at Equity Bank, ”says Chao in his affidavit.