Kenya has launched an investigation into allegations of stolen condoms, life-saving medicines and mosquito nets.
It would be recalled that an audit carried out recently revealed that about 1.1 million condoms, 908,000 mosquito nets, and tuberculosis drugs worth $91,000 (83,000 euros) were stolen from the state-run Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) and resold on the black market to private pharmacies.
The audit report which was released on March 11, 2022, had accused KEMSA of drastically inflating the value of medicines to the tune of $5.6 million, including overstating the price of expired drugs up to 100 times the actual cost.
Global Fund had stated that “KEMSA’s Nairobi warehouse was overcrowded with commodities during our visit, making it difficult to trace commodities.” Global Fund blamed “poor internal controls.”
KEMSA in a report by AFP news agency said it was investigating the allegations.
The alleged stolen were donated by aid organization Global Fund.
The Geneva-based Global Fund, according to local media reports, has since 2003 disbursed more than $1.4 billion to Kenya towards the fight against HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.
“KEMSA is in the process of investigating the claims by the Global Fund,” the agency was reported by AFP as saying.
KEMSA further said “necessary reforms to address the issues identified have already been put in place.”