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CLARIFICATION ON FUNDS RELEASED TO NATIONAL MEDICAL STORES (NMS) FOR PROCUREMENT, STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ESSENTIAL MEDICINES AND HEALTH SUPPLIES (EMHS)
Our attention has been drawn to a Press Release by Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development which appeared in the New Vision, Daily Monitor and The Red Pepper of Thursday, 15th June 2017, and the Statements of the Hon. Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development while being hosted on CBS 89.3 FM Radio Program of Wednesday, 15th June 2017.
The Release misleads the General Public into believing that NMS got, and was meant to get, the sh.68billion from Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development from the PTA Bank as part of the general funding from the Consolidated Fund.
Since the Author of this Press Release is an Economist, we can only say that, at the very best, he was “economical with the truth”. On the part of NMS, we deal in medicines and we shall therefore “dispense the truth” as here under, as we believe that it is only the truth that will set us free:-
1. In the Financial Year 2010/11, FY 2011/12 and FY 2014/15, NMS suffered budget cuts totalling to sh.36,447,251,373/=. The non-release, in all the above cases, was in Quarter 4 when NMS would have already procured the Essential Medicines and Health Supplies (EMHS) for delivery to the