Transport CAS Chris Obure has confessed that Covid-19 donations issued by Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma have indeed been lost.
While appearing before the National Assembly Health Committee on Thursday, September 3, Obure clarified that 21 packages of assorted medical supplies did not reach Nairobi from Ethiopia.
However, five other donations were received and stored in Kenya Medical Supplies Agency warehouses in Nairobi.
“The 21 packages were missing after we verified with the parking documents from China. We realized that 21 packages were short delivered, I assure you we will continue to pursue the matter with the Ministry of Health to ensure they are delivered,” Obure stated.
Obure however recused the transport ministry from the debacle, saying that the matter was reported to Ethiopian authorities, and is being handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“My ministry’s role was to clear the goods at JKIA. Administratively we are in charge of the clearing agency. The matter is in the hands of MoH & Foreign Affairs. Again, the government clearing agency has been moved to the Treasury and as a ministry, we now have no stand in this matter,” Obure said.
The revelations have sparked criticism to the Ministry of Health, who were before the committee for allegations of misappropriating COVID-19 funds.