Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya says County governments should be allowed to source for drugs and medical supplies from other entities not Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) to enable them to adequately respond to the pandemic.In a statement Saturday, he called upon the High Court to expeditiously dispense the matter challenging the Constitutionality of the KEMSA (Amendment) Act.“We are currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis which calls for urgent solutions.” He said Oparanya said it is quite unfortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic has created an avenue for KEMSA officials to engage in corruption there by putting the lives of Kenyans at risk.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “To avoid such eventualities, County Governments opposed the amendment to the KEMSA Act by seeking redress at the High Court to challenge section 3 of the aforementioned Act which requires County Governments to procure both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical supplies from the Authority. “He addedThe Chair said this particular section has interrupted service delivery to the Mwananchi as the Authority has failed to fully satisfy medical needs of all the 47 County Governments.Also Read 152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981” It is saddening that KEMSA, an independent Authority with obligation to ensure the well-being of the Mwananchi can resort to such unbecoming conduct while the country is facing an international crisis.”This follows the suspension of KEMSA Chief Executive Officer Dr Jonah Mwangi Manjari, the Commercial Director Eluid Muriithi and the Procurement Director Charles Juma on Friday.The suspension according to the board is to pave way for the completion of the ongoing EACC investigations on COVID-19 procurements and other related issues.Edward Njoroge Njuguna, the Operations Director has since been appointed by the board as the acting CEO, while Edward Buluma and Dr George Walukana will be the acting Procurement and Commercial Directors respectively.EACC is investigating the top officials at KEMSA in relation to a controversial Ksh 7.7 billion tender for the emergency procurement of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) that was to be delivered by July 22, 2020.A preliminary probe by the EACC revealed that KEMSA officials flouted procurement procedures by direct sourcing under the cover of emergency needs, despite the fact that they were given three months to supply as opposed to one month.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesAdditionally, other companies with less than six months in operation received tenders without credible financial records being presented.The direct sourcing coupled with other procurement irregularities saw KEMSA procure COVID-19 equipment at double the price.For instance, a special audit revealed that KEMSA procured over 1.8 million KN95 masks at a cost of Ksh 700 per piece, yet a single mask goes for Ksh 450 on the higher side.Additionally, the disposable 3-ply surgical masks were procured at Ksh 90 per piece against the market price of Ksh 50 when bought in bulk, with personal protective equipment being procured at Ksh 9,000 when the kits were going for Ksh 4,500 on the market.On June 23, EACC officers stormed Kemsa offices and carted away documents over suspected procurement irregularities linked to the construction of Ksh 3 billion warehouse.EACC boss Twalib Mbarak wrote to Manjaari on June 18 seeking to have tender advertising notices, bank tender documents, all bids submitted, tender opening minutes, list of bidders and individual tender evaluation score sheets.“This commission is conducting investigations into allegations of procurement irregularities at KEMSA in relation to tender KEMSA/CONST/OIT4/2019/20. To facilitate our investigations, kindly furnish us with the original documents relating to the above tender,” said part of the letter to the Kemsa boss.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsEACC also requested due diligence report, professional opinion, tender award notifications and regrets, acceptance letter from the winning bidders, contract agreements, inspection and acceptance certificates, payment vouchers and appointment letters to committees.A joint audit report by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund said there were massive financial and procurement irregularities at KEMSA.It said the organization was taking advantage of its monopoly in supplying drugs to public health facilities to overcharge counties by as much as 77 per cent for some drugs.The audit proposed restructuring the entire procurement system and the establishment of a new accountability system.KEMSA currently serves 371 hospitals, 4,415 rural health facilities and 5,047 sites that offer rapid testing across Kenya.KEMSA, which falls under the Ministry of Health, offers procurement, warehousing and distribution services for medical commodities for clients like USAid, World Bank and the Global Fund.
Submit StumbleUpon Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Share Related Articles 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share Dmitri Agapov Head of Trading at Betgenius looks ahead to the battle for in-play engagement and outlines why control of technology will be vital in achieving success…________________________How can we win market share this summer? That’s a question that traders and marketers at sportsbooks across Europe will be asking themselves ahead of the 2020 UEFA European Championship.Starting 12 June, blanket TV coverage and digital content will ensure fan engagement is sky-high and for sportsbooks, capitalising on this wave of excitement, retaining the attention of customers and maximising turnover, is the name of the game. The quality of your in-play experience will be a huge factor in whether the summer provides a long-term boost to your bottom line. During a tournament at which hardly any games are concurrent, attention to detail around the live betting experience is absolutely vital.Price differentiation has historically been a key pre-match football battleground but its importance in in-play is also on the rise. Creating a stand-out offering – such as the right range of markets, high market uptime and competitive pricing – is only possible if you are in control of your trading strategy, your margin and your market suspensions.Following the ActionWhen it comes to tapping into live football engagement through trading, few have nailed it as well as Sky Bet. Linked closely to live game state, its Price Boosts have carved significant in-play football market share and built a loyal base of recreational customers.But while contextually cutting live margin is standard practice for many of the leading operators, for many, the opportunity remains untapped.So how can it be done? First of all, sportsbooks must identify which markets and fixtures they should focus on and prepare how to weight changes so that prices catch the eye but vulnerabilities and edges don’t emerge.As a general rule, cutting margin for popular local selections with a high-margin already built-in, like player goalscorers in games involving the home nation or between ‘elite’ nations – when they are relevant to the tournament narrative – is most effective. By enhancing the local nation’s striker to score the opener after a man-of-the-match performance in the previous game, for example, product stickiness and bet placement is enhanced.This is a great example of why flexible trading that allows for nimble thinking and tailored pricing is extremely valuable.Minimising Friction But while price enhancements are great for catching the eye, holding attention and building out brand reputation, they must be backed up by a strong core live offering first-and-foremost. During a major tournament with 51 matches, sportsbooks won’t get a second chance to get it right.When it comes to in-play, just a few seconds of unnecessary downtime is enough time for customers to switch app, deposit and place a bet. As a result, we’re seeing traders across the industry increasingly adopt highly aggressive live suspension strategies to avoid providing a disrupted experience.A hot trend in this sense is reconfiguring prices instantly when a penalty, card or corner is awarded, without suspending. So far this football season, these capabilities have enabled our partners to keep cash out and headline markets open for nearly 100% of event lifetime – allowing punters betting opportunities and ways out with every twist-and-turn.Euro 2020 is set to be the highest turnover betting event of the year and represents a month-long opportunity to engage valuable customers. The potential rewards are clear. By delivering a quality in-play betting product that feels intrinsically tied to the live-action, sportsbooks can have another bumper summer.____________________Dmitri Agapov Head of Trading Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020