A director of a company that was a beneficiary of the controversial COVID-19 supplies tenders shocked MPs when she said that prayers led her to KEMSA.
Appearing before National Assembly Public Investment Committee (PIC), Beatrice Cherono said that she prayed and God directed her to KEMSA where she acquired a KSh42 million tender.
Cherono was at pains convincing the MPs how Leon Décor Ltd bagged the deal to supply the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA0 with PPEs worth KSh42 million.
A practicing nurse, Cherono told the Abdulswamad Nasser-led committee that she did not rely on any powerful person to acquire the tender.
“I really relied on prayers. I prayed about it, and I can tell you without fear that it is God who directed me there. I can tell you my prayers were answered,” said Cherono.
She narrated how a receptionist at KEMSA offices asked her what she wanted. “I told her I wanted to supply masks. We were many, so they asked those who wanted to supply masks and we raised our hands.”
The watchdog committee established that a commitment letter for Leon Décor Ltd was backdated to 30th April, 2020 after it was received in 6th of May, 2020.
It was further established that Cherono’s company partnered with Mason Ltd which funded the KSh42 millions tender to a tune of KSh30 million.
The MPs were startled at Cherono’s decision to source for funds to supply the masks, yet she had not received a commitment letter from KEMSA over the same. “Or you are an angel as you have indicated here?” wondered one of the MPs.