Former NHIF Boss Richard Kerich to Answer to Fraud Charges

Corruption allegations continue to haunt former National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) CEO Richard Kerich as the high court declares that he has a case to answer for the loss of sh117 million.

Nairobi chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi ruled that Mr. Kerich be charged alongside four others including Marwa Chacha, David Kipruto Chingi, Peter Ngunjiri Wambugu and Ndiba Wairioko as well as the directors of Meridian Medical Centre.

They are accused of conspiracy to defraud millions of shillings meant for civil servants’ medical cover awarded to Meridian Medical Centre.

The prosecution said that the former NHIF officials got into a deal with the health facility even when it was clear the center did not meet the threshold.

The former CEO is also facing of abuse of office charges for failing to comply with procurement laws.

The court also heard that NHIF on diverse dates between December 21, 2011 and February 8, 2012 conferred Sh43 million to Meridian without following due process.

The medical facility was listed among 173 facilities that responded to an advertisement by the State medical insurer calling for a proposal for the provision of outpatient services to civil servants.

The Mzalendo scheme was to start in January 2012.


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