Workers who were suspended from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authorities (KEMSA) said that their superiors were trying to make room for new people in the organization rather than reinstate those who had been let go.
The workers wrote to President William Ruto, claiming they were unfairly let go due to a power struggle in the executive suite.
The candidate for Secretary of the Cabinet, Mercy Wanjau, and the Public Service Commission CEO, Simon Rotich, both received copies of the letter.
Moreover, workers complained that senior management was acting unilaterally in bringing about the necessary institutional changes.
They further claimed that KEMSA wasted Ksh90 million on pay for inactive workers.
They requested that Ruto investigate the HR concerns independently from the multi-billion corruption scandal fraud and theft.
The letter continued, “The original reforms have been hijacked and transformed into a witch-hunt, intended to penalize long-serving employees so that cronies may be put into the vacated posts.”
The staff claims Ruto’s involvement would restore the agency’s credibility and allow it to resume its proper role in Kenya’s healthcare system.
600 workers were ordered to take unpaid leave in November 2021 so that the government could begin reforming the scandal-ridden organization.
An additional 23 high-ranking KEMSA managers were ordered to take 45 days of unpaid leave at the start of 2022. Therefore, the managers said the institution was unjust in sacking them behind their backs.
Despite these accusations, KEMSA has maintained that the decision was taken following government approval of agency reorganization plans.