Sudi: Why I failed to name those who stole KEMSA funds despite promising to expose them

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 4 Sep, 2020 16:22 | 2 mins read
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi at a past event. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kapseret Member of Parliament (MP) Oscar Sudi now says he has rescinded his decision to name powerful individuals who dishonestly traded with KEMSA, leading to the loss of billions of shillings in the form of overpriced merchandise.

Sudi had announced on Monday, August 31 that he will today (Friday, September 4) disclose the names of companies’ directors that benefited from the inflated KEMSA tenders.

However, on Friday, he failed to reveal even a single person that allegedly irregularly obtained the taxpayer’s money through KEMSA.

Explaining his failure to honour his pledge, Sudi said he was waiting for the DCI and EACC to conclude investigations into the controversial KEMSA dealings before he (Sudi) can make a decision to reveal the identities of the rogue businesspeople or not.

“The president [on August 26] issued a 21-day ultimatum to the investigative agencies to complete probe into the KEMSA scandal. I am waiting for the three weeks to end. Thereafter -- based on the findings and revelations by the investigative bodies -- I would choose to name the rogue businessmen, or not,” Sudi told K24 Digital at his Eldoret home.

Sudi, however, named a few companies he claims traded dishonestly with KEMSA.

“If the Uhuru-sanctioned team fails to reveal the owners of these companies, then I would personally disclose their identities,” he added.

Sudi claims that the current investigations into the KEMSA scandal are “too cosmetic”, and that the “real thieves” won’t be brought to book.

“These investigations won’t unravel the real thieves. I know for a fact. The real thieves are well-connected,” he said.

“I know they are planning to sacrifice a few individuals to save the big fish. However, if they fail to arrest some people [whom we know were deeply involved in the theft], then I shall have no other option but to give you a report which has all the names of people in the embezzlement.”