Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe irked Members of Parliament after failing to appear for questioning over the illegal tender acquisition at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority.
Murathe together with former Kilig limited director Wilibroad Gachoka, and Entec technology director Chen Chao were required to appear before the parliamentary public investment committee to reveal the signatories of the companies.
Instead, the three sent affidavits to answer to the accusations. This irked the MPs who wanted to see them in person and grill them one on one.
Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang expressed his disappointment saying that Murathe is needed in parliament to expose the big fish who influenced the tender process of COVID-19 equipment last year.
“David Murathe was brought for guaranting the process and because he is a senior respectable kenyan to influence the process this is why we need him because kenyans want to see this big fish who influenced the payments in KEMSA,” Kajwang said.
On his part, Wajir East MP Rashid Kassim said that whatever the three provided in their affidavits was very shallow and more would have been known if they appeared physically.
In his affidavit, Chen Chao said that he understood the position of Murathe in the society, therefore requested him to be a guarantor for Entec Technologies.
“Murathe is a respectable high-standing member of society in Kenya and that in order to further safeguard and guarantee Entec’s receivables under the supply contract and protector investment, I requested him to be a guarantor for this transaction by being a mandatory signatory together with me in the Kilig Ltd account in Equity Bank,” he said.
Murathe’s affidavit only confirmed the claims made by his co-accused as he admitted to being a signatory.
“Kilig and Entec companies only requested me to be a signatory to Kilig Ltd bank accounts to guarantee that Entec Technology as the supplier of the PPE kits would be paid upon completion of the procurement process and I obliged,” he told the parliamentary committee.