Police in Nyando, Kisumu County, have arrested three people suspected to be behind the theft of over 17,000 mosquito nets meant for free distribution to families in the area by the national government to curb the spread of malaria.
The police report reads 181 bales were missing from Nyang’ande hospital and another 160 from Rabuor hospital with each bale containing 50 nets.
The police arrested Theresa Anyango Otieno, who is the acting officer in charge at Rabuor sub-county hospital Cynthia Akinyi, the acting officer in charge of net distribution at Nyang’ande area and David Ouma, the officer in charge at Nyang’ande hospital.
“It reported that unknown number of mosquito net bales which were meant for distribution on prevention of malaria were missing. Lilian Adago the head of Malaria program and Paul Masanga Kisumu County Project Coordinator alluded that they have established that 181 bales were missinng from Nyangande and 160 bales missing from from Rabuor sub county. One bale carries 50 mosquito nets,” reads the police report.
The police report further added that after calculations, the County government of Kisumu lost approximately Ksh. 6,820,000.
“Each bale has 50 nets each going for Ksh. 300. It is noted that the county lost approximately Ksh. 6,820,000,” added the report.
The suspected have been arrested and placed in custody as investigations continue.