Under the new leadership, the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) began the process of recruiting 378 staff yesterday.
While more positions will be advertised during the week, an advertisement on the agency’s website invited applications for the positions of directors and deputy directors of several sections.
Former employees who were made redundant the previous year were also encouraged to reapply. The 378 posts will be split among the legal services directorate, corporation secretary, and office of the chief executive officer, which will each have five seats (5). Others include the supply chain management directorate (32), customer service (31), partnership and resource mobilization (8), strategy and planning (14), corporate services (65), and internal audit (11). The health products and technologies directorate (206).
After over 300 employees were laid off and urged to reapply during the first round, this is the final recruitment. There were 922 employees overall in the agency who were both permanent and pensionable.
However, the hiring of the company carrying out the activity has been questioned by the affected employees, who are concerned about the recruitment procedure. According to a source inside the institution, Public Service Commission is responsible for hiring workers in accordance with government regulations .
Instead, the organization took action in response to the State Corporations Advisory Committee’s recommendation. “The role of SCAC is simply advisory while the PSC plays the role of recruitment. We are yet to be told why this aspect was overlooked,” said our source.
The agency has since hired the services of JKUAT Enterprises Limited to offer consultancy services regarding the recruitment of various technical and professional positions.
Issues have also been raised as to why the management, under CEO Terry Ramadhani (pictured), acted on the recommendations of the former board which was declared null and void by the High Court.
Interestingly, Ramadhani was a member of the former board. She said that the action was taken to reduce the agency’s excessive wage bill in the wake of the Covid-19 scandal, which occurred two years ago.
In her report, Auditor General Nancy Gathungu joined the discussion as well, noting that Kemsa had 912 personnel compared to the 341 that had been permitted for the year ended June 202