It is now emerging that the Managing Director of Meldian Enterprises Limited sourced supplies through social media.
Joel Ndegwa, a director of the company which supplied COVID-19 materials to KEMSA, told National Assembly Public Investment Committee (PIC) that he was abroad when he sourced for suppliers online.
Meldian Ltd won a KSh225 million tender to supply personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
Peculiarly, Ndegwa told the committee that he had supplied PPEs to KEMSA, and has since been paid KSh117 million only.
Ndegwa was, however, faced with an uphil task when asked to prove that indeed he supplied the PPEs to KEMSA.
The MPs could not understand why Meldian supplied PPEs to KEMSA, yet the company director has no documents supporting that.
PIC member TJ Kajwang could not fathom how Ndegwa’s company ‘magically’ secured a KSh225 million tender with no history of supplying.
“How magical was it for Lydia your co-partner to walk in KEMSA and came out with KSh225 million contract, despite the company having the capacity of 20 million,” wondered Kajwang’.
Ndegwa argued he started by mapping out market through social media since January, 2020.
Ndegwa was appearing before the MP Abdulswamad Nassir-led committee on Tuesday, February 23.
Auditor General Nancy Gathu released a report in 2020, revealing that a total of KS2.3 billion was lost because of skewed procuring process in KEMSA.
The report also revealed that billions of shillings were unaccounted for, with no budgetary approval from relevant authorities.