Ex-NHIF bosses among 18 charged with Sh500m loss

From left: Pamela Nyaboke Marendi, Ruth Sudoi Makallah, Geoffrey Gitau Mwangi and Simon ole Kirgotty when they appeared in court on December 10, 2018. They were charged with the loss of over Sh500 million from NHIF. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The court heard that he conferred a benefit by authorising payment of over Sh545 million to Webtribe Limited.
  • Mr Mwangi is alleged to have extended the contract and authorising payment, which might have led to loss of funds at NHIF.
  • The prosecution led by Assistant DPP Emily Kamau did not oppose to the release of the suspects on bail.

Some 18 suspects, among them former National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) CEOs Geoffrey Gitau Mwangi and Simon Kirgotty have denied a total of 17 counts in the alleged loss of over Sh500 million.

Mr Kirgotty denied seven counts including abuse of office, wilful failure to comply with the law relating to management of public funds and wilful failure to comply with procurement procedures.

The court heard that he conferred a benefit by authorising payment of over Sh545 million to Webtribe Limited, a company contracted to collect payments on behalf of NHIF.

Mr Mwangi is alleged to have extended the contract and authorising payment, which might have led to loss of funds at NHIF.

WEBTRIBE DIRECTORS

Other suspects facing charges in the case include the directors of Webtribe, Danson Muchemi and Robert Muriithi, who denied fraudulently receiving more than Sh1.1 billion from NHIF.

Audit committee members Mudzo Nzili, Yussuf Ibrahim and Elly Nyaim denied a charge of breach of trust when they allegedly approved the extension of the contract.

The prosecution, led by Assistant DPP Emily Kamau, did not oppose the release of the suspects on bail but urged the court to impose strict bond terms.

Senior Counsel Tom Ojienda, speaking on behalf of other lawyers representing the suspects, urged the court to grant the suspects lenient bond terms, arguing that services were rendered and that it is not alleged that any of the suspects stole the funds.

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