KEMSA Scandal takes new twist as Murathe bows to pressure, threatens to tell it all

David Murathe

The multi-billion KEMSA scandal has taken a new twist with Jubilee Party Vice Chairman David Murathe bowing to pressure, explaining his role in the scandal and threatening to tell it all.

Murathe vowed to clear his name after he was accused of playing a role in the scandal and agreed to appear before the National Assembly Public Investment Committee.

The former Gatanga lawmaker noted that he swore an affidavit explaining his alleged role and would appear before the pic to clarify his affidavit in which he is alleged to have flawed the tender process.

Murathe stated that he wrote the affidavit to the MPs after they declined to host him and instead asked for a written document. 

He complained that he clearly stated that he was to be a signatory to Kilig Limited whose tender was cancelled thus further nullifying its business terms with KEMSA. 

KEMSA Warehouse in Embakasi

“I will be going to the committee on Thursday, April 29. I asked to appear in person to shed light on this matter but I was instructed to do an affidavit which is self-explanatory. I am not a beneficiary, owner, director, or shareholder at the company. I was just loaning the managers who are known to me,” said Murathe.

“What is this farce with me? I am not a signatory. This is just politics and they are making it a big deal yet the contract was cancelled. There was no procurement, delivery, or invoice raised. This committee is supposed to protect the public interest in the event goods and services are overpriced or supply air,” Murathe told the Standard. 

A section of leaders led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen have alleged that Murathe may not be prosecuted due to his close proximity to power and being President Uhuru Kenyatta’s confidant

“It seems he was brought to influence the process. His role was to make sure that this thing was paid. We need him here in person because Kenyans want to see this big fish who can influence payments of this magnitude,” Ruaraka MP Tom Kajwang claimed. 

Before the recent developments, Murathe had dismissed any links with the scandal stating that those involved were close allies of Deputy President William Ruto.

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