Jubilee Vice Chair David Murathe today told the Public Investment Committee investigating the ‘COVID-19 billionaires’ scandal that his alleged involvement has “put him in trouble” even with his family, who now think he is a billionaire.
“Everybody with a small problem is calling me to give them money,” said Murathe. “They now think I am a billionaire.”
There were light moments when Embakasi East MP Babu Owino came out gunsblazing in defence of Murathe. Owino asserted that Murathe was never awarded a tender by Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).
“The reason I am defending Murathe is because Murathe was never given a tender worth KSh4 billion and they never supplied, so there was no KSh4 billion involved,” Owino said.
Murathe reiterated the same, saying that he had only acted as a signatory to the bank account of one of the companies adversely mentioned – Killig Limited.
“I have never supplied even a mask, or anything to do with KEMSA. I am not director of Killig, I did not get a contract with KEMSA and I did not supply to KEMSA,” Murathe said.
Upon questioning by PIC chair MP Abdulswamad Nassir on how he had agreed to guarantee a company without knowing the value of the tender involved, Murathe said he only acted out of good will.
“I only offered to be a signatory to Killig Limited, so that ENTEC which was supplying the PPE kits, would get compensation once the procurement process was over. The use of the word guarantee was not contractual, it was simply a word of comfort that yes, I do know these people,” Murathe added.
This was not the first time he had helped “friends” financially, Murathe said, adding that he does not expect anything in return.
“The fact that I guaranteed them does not mean I was to benefit anything, I was facilitating a friend to do business. I have paid bail for people, and when they get it from the court, I do not tell them to pay me back.”
In his written affidavit submitted last week, Murathe said he ceased being a signatory for Killig in August 5, 2020, after KEMSA cut off its business dealings with the company.
“I am not the director of Killig, I did not receive a contract from KEMSA, and I did not supply KEMSA. Killig is a company owned by people connected to the DP, they approach people who can finance the company through the lawyer and transfer ownership to the new owners,” Murathe explained.