Former Public Health Principal Secretary, Josephine Mburu yesterday said she learnt of her sacking from the media as she was preparing to call it a day at her office.
Appearing before the Senate’s Health Committee investigating the irregular procurement at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) yesterday, Mburu said her sacking caught her unaware.
“I learnt of my sacking in the media,” she said and further revealed that she has spent the last three weeks wondering what wrong she committed to warrant the firing.
“I keep on asking myself why I was fired. But from the media, we were told the President was advised to sack me. Well, I think the question is; will I seek justice, or maybe we need to know what advice the President was given for him to tell Josephine you were involved in this tender,” she quietly said.
Mburu said she was in her office at around 6:45 pm signing letters and reading on the fateful day when she turned on the TV and saw the breaking news.
She told the senators that she had held a meeting with President William Ruto earlier that morning, completely unaware of what would befall her in a few hours’ time.
“I have had a good working relationship with the President; when I was sacked, I had a meeting with the head of state in the morning. I would like to be listened to and given a fair administrative judgment,” she said.
President William Ruto had on May 16 sacked Mburu and the entire Kenya Medical Supplies Authority board led by chairperson Daniel Rono.
Mburu absolved herself from the accusations, saying KEMSA was under her former colleague, Peter Tum, then in charge of Medical Services.
“I thank President Ruto for allowing me to serve and I would not challenge the president. But I want the truth to come out whether I had a role to play in this scandal so that Kenyans can judge me,” she said.
Mburu denied involvement in the procurement process, saying the process began as she got into office.
Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;
Kisii Mourners Scamper for Safety as Simba Arati, Sylvanus Osoro Clash Again
A funeral in Kisii county was cut short after several people sustained injuries following a clash between supporters of area governor Simba Arati and South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro.
The two leaders who don’t see eye to eye had met at a funeral ceremony in South Mugirango, on Tuesday, June 6.
Citizen TV reported that trouble began after Kisii County Speaker Philip Nyanumba invited Arati to address mourners sparking outrage from supporters of Osoro, the area MP over what they termed a plot to deny the lawmaker a chance to speak on his home turf.
Three teachers suspended after a chaotic drunk and disorderly show at school
Three high school teachers in Nandi County have been interdicted for being drunk and disorderly after they stormed their school kitchen and ate food meant for board members.
the teachers at Lelmokwo Hugh Schoool in Nandi Central also stormed the principal’s office, grabbed bananas, packets of milk and bottles of sodas as they shouted “serikali ni yetu(the government is ours).”
The three who broke into war songs during the chaotic show demanded the removal of the school’s principal, Mr. Mathew Korir , saying he was an outsider and not welcome in the school community.
Big Blow To Ruto As Registrar Of Parties & CJ Koome’s Judiciary Now Agrees This Against UDA Party
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA), led by President William Ruto, has faced a setback in its attempt to secure additional funding from the Sh1.4 billion political parties fund. UDA sought an additional allocation of Sh115 million on top of the Sh577 million already allocated by the registrar of political parties.
UDA filed a lawsuit against the registrar of political parties, Ann Nderitu, claiming that the allocations to other parties, including Jubilee Party, Orange Democratic Party (ODM), Maendeleo Democratic Party, Chama cha Uzalendo, Progressive Party of Kenya, and Devolution Empowerment Party, reduced UDA’s share of the funds.