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Looming mass sacking at Kemsa as NYS take over operations

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Looming mass sacking at Kemsa as NYS take over operations

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An impending mass sacking could be beckoning at Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) employees following a list of changes that will see NYS officers man the facility and close to nine hundred Authority employees work from home.

Kemsa boss Mary Mwadime Thursday announced that all non-core staff to work from home for the next thirty days as necessary consultations progress.

The restructuring comes amid runaway corruption at the Authority, including the Ksh.7.8 billion COVID-19 procurement scandal currently facing its senior officials.
However, Ms. Mwadime maintains that the reorganization has been made “to position Kemsa as an effective player in the healthcare system.”

National Youth Service will oversee medical supplies across the eight thousand health facilities served by Kemsa across the country.

In July, Kemsa constituted a multi-agency task force to develop an independent operating recovery strategy for the Authority to improve organizational performance.
Specifically, the task force was to review and report on; the current organizational structure and its efficacy, staff establishment and staffing norms and, assess prospective modalities for the reorganization of Kemsa to meet its mandate, among other requirement.

Following the report of the task force, “the Board has issued General Notice Letters to all staff working with Kemsa this morning,” Mwadime said.

Senators have consequently called on the house Committee on Labour and Social Welfare to investigate the legal basis of the impending sacking of the 900 employees at Kemsa in the name of restructuring.

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