By Calvin Osiemo
The controversial Ksh. 28 Billion project to upgrade the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret continues to cause major ripples across the political divide in the country. The scam, in which the Deputy President William Ruto has been mentioned as a major player, has caused a bitter exchange of words between Jubilee and Cord coalitions especially after Cord Principal Raila Odinga was mentioned. Cord members have told Jubilee to stop using Odinga’s name to try clearing up their mess. Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed accompanied by Dagoretti North Member of Parliament Simba Arati said Deputy President Ruto and President Kenyatta should take full responsibility of the issue.
“When one Herbert Ojwang’ appeared before a parliamentary committee early last week, he did so to shed light on what was clearly a case of fraud involving himself, Chinese investors and Moi Teaching Referral Hospital in Eldoret and the alleged entry of the Deputy President into the deal which pushed everything through the roof and turned it into a rip-off of tax-payers. We are shocked that Jubilee is now struggling to drag the name of Raila Odinga into the hospital scandal,” said the legislators.
In a tape recording handed over to a Parliamentary Committee, businessman Herbert Ojwang is heard saying that Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was given campaign money from the project contractor, China Wu Yi, ahead of the 2013 General Election amounting to five million.
Mr. Ojwang said he lost Ksh. 870 million as commission for linking the Chinese firm to the Government after the project was hijacked and its cost inflated on the orders of Deputy President William Ruto.
In a statement signed by Jubilee legislators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Lenny Kivuti (Embu), Stephen Sang’ (Nandi), Fatuma Dullo (Nominated), Joy Gwendo (Nominated) and Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a, CORD member and Kisumu Senator Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o as has been accused of initiating the project when he was Medical Services Minister
“The so-called upgrade of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital was hatched under the watch of the former Medical Services Minister Anyang Nyong’o in 2012,” said Prof. Kindiki in a statement.
Herbert Ojwang said he held meetings with Deputy President Ruto together with MTRH Director John Kibosia. He was later asked to surrender the agreement document he had signed.
I refused to do so until I consulted my lawyers, and the Chinese team wrote to me officially withdrawing the agreement and specifying the reasons for their action,” he said.
The Public investment Committee (PIC) headed by Eldas Member of Parliament Adan Keynan said they will as a committee scrutinize the issue and decide whether it meets the standards to be investigated.
“We have asked the whistle blower to provide us with more information. Once he brings it, we will look at the nature of the allegations and make a decision. We will analyse everything given to us to make an informed decision,” Keynan said.