There’s a new way that top officials at the National Hospital Insurance Fund are milking Kenyans dry.
The NHIF BOARD has failed to protect the interests of Kenyans as spelt out in the NHIF Act.
Senior managers at the agency that collects over Ksh2 billion per month in a bad month have decided that paying hospitals and asking for kickbacks is not enough, and faking dependants claims is now the in thing.
The fictitious claims scandal runs into hundreds of millions of shillings and patients are left to wonder which are these strange relatives that are claiming hospitals bills from their cards.
Fired CEO, Acting CEO and Rotten Board
The suspended Chief Executive Geofrey Mwangi and Finance Director Kurgat acted as a scape goat. Kenyans were duped by Hannah Muriithi, the current chair of the board to think that NHIF was now a clean agency.
We were wrong.
Theft has increased more than in the time of CEO Geofrey Mwangi.
Nicodemus Odongo, the acting CEO doesn’t have any muscle to act and moves as the commander-in-skirt Hannah Muriithi demands.
It is now emerging that many members of the health scheme claim that fake dependants were added in their records. They allege that false in-patient claims were made by the agency.
The amount ranges Ksh50,000 to Ksh100,000 and some card holders have been added up to 4 ‘unknown relatives’.
This scam easily translates to over Ksh200 million stolen money which ends up in the pockets of the senior management especially the board led by Hannah Muriithi, now that the CEO was suspended and the parastatal is thought to have exorcised the demons of graft.
Sacking Mwangi and leaving themselves out is a total joke. Hannah Muriithi the NHIF Chairperson and Nzili, the vice chair must lead others in taking personal responsibility even as calls to reform NHIF pick the top gear.
The board, comprised of sleeping individuals has watched as the CEO Geoffrey Mwangi looted with some board members being partners in crime, a source from within the NHIF confirmed to us. Despite earning millions per month, the board has failed in its core mandate and a purge would be necessary.
According to our sources, top NHIF bosses and board members have formed shell companies that they are using to award themselves tenders and loot it to the ground despite president Uhuru Kenyatta, the state-house joker claiming that universal health-care is one of his big four agenda.
Other reports indicate that the funds are diverted into off-shore accounts by the top management officials and board members.
The asset recovery agency must move with speed and confiscate all these assets bought with poor Kenyans taxes, and demand an investigation on all real-estate firms and banks laundering money from state corporations and the private sector.