Trouble is brewing in Parliament over claims of a cover-up in the probe into the Sh5 billion Health ministry scandal. A number of the members of the Health Committee have signed a petition to kick out chairperson Rachael Nyamai (Kitui South) and her deputy, Robert Pukose (Endebess), accusing them of being used by forces outside Parliament to cover up the scam. Differences in the committee emerged over plans to invite key suppliers named in an internal audit report of the ministry.
Ms Nyamai is also in the spotlight for allegedly blocking members from asking questions during a committee visit to Mombasa to inspect 99 mobile clinics supplied to the ministry at a cost of Sh1 billion. Some members are now accusing the Jubilee leadership of frustrating the probe. “We cannot investigate the Afya House scandal with the leadership that we have. We need a new leadership to get to the bottom of this matter… This is one of the gimmicks being used by Jubilee. They don’t want the issues to be investigated fully. The current committee leadership needs to step aside,” said Stephen Mule (Matungulu), who is among those who have signed the petition.