Blood agency boss regains entry into Afya office
George Kebaso @Morarak
There was commotion yesterday at Afya House, after embattled Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services (KNBTS) director, Dr. Fridah Govedi gained entry into her office forcibly.
Govedi used security officers to dismantle new padlocks used to secure the doors to the office by unknown people, who changed the locks on Saturday mid-day.
Govedi’s close ally revealed that the director was informed on Saturday afternoon that her office had been broken into and all the locks changed.
“On Saturday at around mid-day goons allegedly under instruction “from powers that be” replaced the locks to the director’s office,” said a close associate of the dejected Govedi, who sat along the corridor during yesterday’s incident.
Yesterday’s developments marked another milestone in the protracted struggle between Govedi and Health Principal Secretary, Susan Mochache over the control of KNBTS, initially a dull government agency, now turned lucrative.
Mochache had in March redeployed Govedi to KNH in what the latter saw as a demotion. Subsequently, Mochache appointed a lab technologist, Charles Rombo to the position as acting director, KNBTS.
On Saturday after Govedi’s office was broken into, Rombo rushed to DCI and reported threats to his life.
“Yes, two people from the Ministry of Health claiming to be senior officers at the blood agency made reports here yesterday afternoon (Saturday). One of them claimed that he had been threatened,” a DCI officer confirmed to People Daily yesterday after an inquiry of the incident.
Govedi had sought court protection over the “unilateral” repositioning to KNH, and obtained orders reinstating her as the substantive director of KNBTS pending the outcome of a case in court.