Kenya: Isiolo Senator Wants Officer Investigated for Linking Her to Kemsa Scandal

23 September 2020

Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo has asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate a county government official who alleged that she benefited from the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) scandal.

Ms Dullo wants action taken against Mr Abdi Hache, a communications officer, for sharing an article published on a local new blog on September 17, with claims that she received Sh18 million through a local company.

It was alleged in the story that the money was meant to buy sanitisers and face masks.

The legislator said Mr Hache further posted her picture in a WhatsApp group captioned "Kaa Chonjo (stay alert), Corrupt and Dangerous. Wanted for Covid-19 theft."

The said post claimed that the senator received an additional Sh82 million through an associate company.

"Mr Hache shared the story link on various WhatsApp groups with wide subscriptions in the county. His other post contained details that were not initially contained in the online article," the Senator's letter dated September 19 reads in part.

The said article was titled "Kemsa beneficiaries: Irony of EACC chief caught in the Kemsa Covid-19 scandal".

Misuse of communication devices

Ms Dullo, who is the Senate Deputy Majority Leader, said more posts were shared labelling her "the lady master of corruption."

Mr Hache, the Senator claimed, has a habit of misusing electronic communication devices and platforms to make false allegations and statements about her.

She further claimed that the officer had three days earlier accused her of deceiving the public over a local communications mast.

"I request your good office to launch investigations into the conduct of Mr Hache over false allegations and defamatory remarks and take appropriate action," said Ms Dullo.

The letter was copied to Director of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, the National Intelligence Service and County Commissioner's office.

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