Omaera Pharmaceuticals boss

A company owner was broken to tears after a parliamentary committee examining the Sh7.8 billion KEMSA scandal said her late husband supported the law in the procurement of COVID-19 rations.

Omaera Pharmaceuticals supplied 10,000 infrared thermometers at Sh5,000 each, making Sh50 million.

Dorcas Njoroge, a director at the firm incorporated in 1998, got overwhelmed, broke down into tears after the Public Investments Committee gave her a clean bill of health.

This accompanied revelations that it was KEMSA that wrote to her husband who died from a heart attack last July asking them to bid for the tender.

The firm is prequalified by KEMSA as a supplier of equipment and still trades with the medical equipment authority.

After the request, Omaera filled in a tender, sourced the materials - imported and supplied. It raised an invoice on June 16, which KEMSA paid in August.

Njoroge told MPs, “Omaera is number one in terms of compliance. We can't break any rule when it comes to compliance.”

PIC chairman Abdulswamad Nassir noted that there were companies that obeyed the due process in the questionable supplies.

“What your late husband did was the right thing. Your document gives a proper perspective,” the Mvita MP said.

There is a case of masks manufacturer trading as Nairobi Enterprises Ltd which was also found to have followed due procedures, though yet to be paid.

PIC has been investigating directors of dozens of companies that were involved in the Sh7.8 billion KEMSA scandal. Owners of about 100 firms have been examined so far.

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