Kenyan prosecutor orders probe of coronavirus payments Sep 20, 2020 0 1120 12345 NAIROBI: Kenya’s chief public prosecutor, Noordin Haji, has ordered a probe into $71 million in “irregular procurement” linked to the coronavirus by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).Hard-pressed Kenyan hospital staff have staged strikes to highlight what they say are scandalous practices by the authority, which purchases medication and equipment for the nation’s public hospitals. Three weeks ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked the national Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate contracts granted to influential figures, including politicians, without respect for rules of public procurement.Its report was submitted Friday to the prosecutor, who concluded that “irregular procurement and fraudulent payments” had been made totalling 7.8 billion Kenyan shillings (around $71 million). (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran Guards vow Soleimani revenge will target only those behind assassination Sep 20, 2020 0 621 CALL FOR MONARCHY REFORM IN THAILAND Sep 20, 2020 0 560 Nigerians elect governor in pandemic’s first poll Sep 20, 2020 0 286 Nine suspected Al Qaeda operatives arrested in India DPA New Delhi India’s anti-terrorism agency on Saturday arrested nine suspected terrorists belonging to an Al Qaeda group who had allegedly been planning attacks in the country, including in the capital New Delhi. The .. Bangladesh arrests eight over mosque blast that killed 33 people DPA Dhaka Eight people have been arrested in connection with a deadly gas explosion at a mosque outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka earlier this month, investigators said on Saturday. Four engineers and four other .. Over 30 Taliban killed in Afghan air strikes AFP Kabul The Afghan air force conducted multiple strikes on Taliban positions on Saturday that killed more than 30 insurgent fighters, officials said, as President Ashraf Ghani once again called for a ceasefire. The .. Syrian govt slams Dutch legal action on rights record AFP Damascus The Syrian government lambasted the Netherlands on Saturday for launching a new bid through international bodies to hold it responsible for alleged gross human rights violations. A foreign ministry .. Lebanon army surveys 85,000 building units post-Beirut blast AFP Beirut Lebanon’s army said on Saturday it has carried out a survey of more than 85,000 dwellings, businesses and other building units damaged by the massive Beirut port blast last month. The August 4 explosion of .. US prepares to reimpose sanctions on Iran as deadline looms DPA Washington The United States was preparing to reimpose international sanctions on Iran on Saturday as a US-imposed deadline loomed, which has been met with overwhelming opposition from other countries. ..