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Corruption Embedded At NHIF Under CEO Geoffrey Mwangi Threatens Uhuru’s UHC Goals And Why Anti-Graft Agencies Must Raid Immediately



NHIF CEO Geoffrey Mwangi

President Uhuru is said to have shaken off any friendly links that portrayed him as tolerant to corruption. For this purpose, Kenyans have experienced what one magistrate was overheard saying is the most vigorous and closest they’ve seen a government genuinely involved in nailing graft culprits. Corruption has been a menace in the last decade with projections by economist David Ndii saying that Kenyans have lost up to Sh1Trillion since Jubilee came into power, EACC put the figure at Sh600B as the annual amount lost to corruption. At a summit in Statehouse last year, the President was faulted for admitting helplessness in fighting corruption, a menace that has clouded his government and destroying many lives as days unroll.

Given this being his last term, President Uhuru has continued to show a different skin as he intensifies fight on corruption in a clear bid to sanitize his image and eventually leave an impacting legacy. He recently said he wouldn’t tolerate anyone not even his friends entangled in corruption deals. For the first time, Kenyans have gone closer to a fierce Uhuru in action with a whole PS Lillian Omollo and NYS Boss Ndubai thrown to jail over the Sh10B scam. Whether this is cosmetic or not, at least it sends a message that it’s not business as usual.

State corporations have become cash cows for corrupt politicians and their cronies and with loose ends in the system, we’ve had many people getting away with fraud. Billions are stolen and Kenyans taken through the same circle of inconsequential judicial razzmatazz. The quick and prompt coordination between the DCI and ODPP in the recent purge, shows a shift in paradigm and a sign that things might after all run as they should be.

Procurement departments in the government and state parastatals are known as citadels of sleaze, as many officers dish out lucrative contracts for inflated sums and receive huge kickbacks and for this reason, the President has closed down his face on the foundation of corruption. Officers in accounting will be subjected to lie detectors.

It has been established that for weeks now, the NIS has trained its sights on government departments and well-funded parastatals with budgets in the multi-billion shillings.

Some of the departments are essential to implement the Big Four Agenda — healthcare, manufacturing, food security and affordable housing — that the President is hoping will secure his legacy, with only four years before he leaves office.

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President Uhuru is on record saying his topmost propriety of the four is healthcare and this can even be seen with the maintained recruitment into the National Hospital Insurance Fund including registration of 3M students into the scheme at a Sh4B deal. NHIF is strategically the top most important and heavily funded corporation that the president has to rely on in his delivery. However, all could not be merry given the current custodians of the office which has been ridden with corruption scandals in what has now become synonymous with the establishment.

Sometime in February, the state had launched investigations into the possible loss of more than Sh400 million paid out for a medical scheme for civil servants, police and prison officers. The National Hospital Insurance Fund paid two bidders against an order by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board.

Britam Life Assurance Company (K) Ltd and Pioneer Assurance Company Ltd were awarded the tender, despite quoting high prices. Britam quoted Sh836,946,330 while Pioneer put its valuation at Sh852,284,830. The board had ruled that the award was irregular and ordered that NHIF contracts UAP Life Assurance Limited at its tender sum of Sh797,623,500.

The tender was for the provision of the Group Life Cover and last expense for civil servants, National Police Service and Kenya Prisons Service for the 2017-2018.

A big puzzle it has remained on the circumstances under which the tender was awarded to the two firms which had bid separately. Sh418.4 million had been paid as an advance before the award was canceled, questions which only the CEO Mwangi and the then chair Mohamud Ali who has since been replaced with Hannah Muriithi can answer.

Mr. Mwangi rushed to award a contract to two firms Britam and Pioneer despite them placing highest bids leaving out UAP that has the lowest bid. This rush as PPRB suspected, could have been ignited by possible cooperation between the CEO and the awarded companies.

Knowing how things run in Kenya, the 10% bug must have bitten the CEO to let go therefore flawed procurement regulations and irregularly granting wrong companies and taxpayers losing Sh400M in a selfish deal. NHIF did not safeguard the interests of the taxpayer by failing to get value for money when it awarded the tender.

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Mr. Mwangi knowingly flawed contracting rules in awarding that tender, for instance, another issue is how Britam and Pioneer were awarded the tender as a single entity (at 52 percent and 48 percent respectively), despite having bid separately. There is no justification on why Pioneer, which bid Sh852 million, should have been awarded at a price quoted by Britam of Sh836 million.

The review board in a landmark ruling annulled the tender citing breach of several procurement laws. UAP was the lowest evaluated bidder at Sh797,623,500 while Britam and Pioneer submitted bids of Sh836,946,330 and Sh852,284,830 respectively.

The price difference between the sum at which the successful bidders were awarded the tender and that offered by the lowest bidder is approximately Sh40 million. Here’s a case that is costly and must never be let to catch dust like the rest. Detectives from NIS, DCI, EACC, and ODPP must swing into action and weed out the rogue elements at NHIF.

This is not an isolated case, another procurement scam under the nose of Mr. Mwangi had rocked NHIF a few months earlier pointing at a linear pattern of scams at the corporation. Mr. Mwangi has now become a marked man with the procurement authority with consistent complaints that led to PPARB canceling an NHIF tender because of irregularities, especially the variation of tender requirements to suit certain bidders.

On December 28, 2017, the board ruled that NHIF had acted illegally by varying requirements for a tender to provide emergency air rescue for civil servants, National Police Service and enhanced benefits scheme which Amref Flying Doctors had applied for.

In this case, NHIF canceled the first tender in November 2017 after Amref emerged as the sole bidder. The hospital Fund claimed that Amref had not met mandatory requirements.

However, Amref appealed the decision at PPARB saying the cancellation was made irregularly and that NHIF had significantly changed the requirements in the re-advertised tender with the sole aim of locking them out of the bid.

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The review board agreed with Amref. “There is also a growing number of complaints that tender documents are prepared in the direction of a particular bidder,” said PPARB in their ruling.

As it comes out, there’s deliberate incompetence from the CEO and abuse of office which should concern the investigating authorities. If the President is to realize his dream of UHC then health care corruption prone departments must be cleaned. NHIF has been described as the NYS of healthcare and for this, all eyes must be turned on this.

The CS Sicily Kariuki is currently fighting accusations of foul play in the current NYS fiasco, and she needs to stay awake and focus on her ministry where a lot is cooking. Afya House scam is still fresh in mind, and this has affected millions of Kenyans.

Misappropriation of funds in public offices is costing many people their lives, and we want to believe that the current purge on corruption is not momentary, NHIF has been a cash cow for many, and stained officers like Mwangi need to be subjected to lifestyle audit and the rest of board members and generally, the house needs to be turned upside down. We’re calling upon all the agencies assigned in this fight to move with speed and investigate the many corruption allegations.

NHIF has had endless scandals, and none has been successfully held but just like NYS Boss Ndubai and PS Omollo were dragged and thrown to jail, we need an example made out of Mr. Mwangi as well and therefore; we’re calling upon all Kenyans of conscious minds to join us in this campaign of cleaning the health sector and starting by calling for the immediate arrest, freezing of assets and investigations in NHIF CEO Mr. Mwangi and the entire board. This must be done with speed before another scandal hits our face and you can hold your breath, it won’t take long.

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How Flying Squad Trailed And Arrested Police Officers Who Raided A Malian Citizen’s Home In Kilimani Stealing USD 8,000 In Cash



Flying Squad officers have arrested one police officer & are in pursuit of others following a report made by one Bathily Abdoulaye, a Mali national, who had reported that on 15/09/2018 four police officers from Nrb Area command came to his Kilimani residence and arrested him.

In the process of the arrest the officers ransacked his house and took the following items: 8,000 US Dollars,Ksh.83,000, 3 Rolex watches each valued at 15,000 US Dollars, his passport and also transferred Ksh.30,000 from his Mobile phone number to another Mobile phone number.

The complainant was then escorted to Central Police Station where he was later released without being officially booked in the Occurrence Book. Thereafter, the same officers still continued demanding from him an additional 8,000 US Dollars which prompted him to report the DCI.

Flying Squad  officers laid an ambush at Yaya center where the money was supposed to be delivered & in the process managed to arrest one suspect namely Moses Njogu Njagi who led officers to Central Police Station where No.88724 PC Kelvin Ndosi of DCI Central was arrested.

The passport of the complainant was recovered from the arrested officer. The Flying Squad is still looking for the other rogue officers including one driver attached to the County Criminal Investigations Officer,Nairobi Area.

Cases Of Police Officers engaging in criminal acts are not new in the city and this just adding to the pile of many cases. With the purge on illegal immigrants, rogue officers have taken advantage and many foreigners are complaining about harassment.

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Britania Foods Ltd CEO Robert Kagundah’s Days At Britania Numbered As Sales Director Shown The Door



Britania Foods CEO sampling out some of the company’s products.

Mr Robert Kagundah, a former Coca Cola executive, was appointed to take charge of the business now renamed Britania Foods Ltd after acquisition from Manji foods by Catalyst Principal Partners and for Manji Foods, previously House of Manji, is Kenya’s market leader in the biscuits category with a market share of 27 per cent in 2016, according to data from research firm Euromonitor, it was a good gamble for the investors, however, that hasn’t been the case.

Britania has been making losses and notice to the CEO to restructure the company to profitable heights has hit a dead end with steady losses that now rolls.

Britania Foods Limited workers have accused the top management of irregularly running the company that was in 2017 acquired by Nairobi-based private equity firm Catalyst Principal Partners.

All is not well at Britannia Foods Limited following allegations that workers have been turned into slaves with sexual exploits being at the centre of management.

Currently in hands of private equity firm, Catalyst Principal Partners, all eyes are on chief executive, Robert Kagundah popularly known as RK on whom all eyes are focused. Not left out is Elijah Maina, the sales director of the firm. The duo is alleged that in order to satisfy their social urge, they award contracts and employment opportunities to females they befriend.

Kagundah out of the blue, awarded a catering and cake supply contract to Civa Cakes, associated to Cynthia Orenge. The said Orenge has introduced a lady by the name Charity Muema to Maina and her firm CM commodity suppliers is to land a major wheat supply deal running into millions of shillings.

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Kagundah met Ms Orenge at Karen Country Club. She was sacked at the club after she was found in a compromising position inside Kagundah’s car at the parking.

At Britannia, Kagundah manipulated a Somali tycoon, a one Mohammed and acquired a Mercedes Benz registration number KCD 227B. Mohammed had supplied the company with a number of Toyota Fielder cars for the sales department.

Britania is fully owned by Catalyst Principal Partners after being purchased in early 2017 from the Dawda family. Our sources indicate that cooked books may have been used to dupe Catalyst into buying the loss-making company.

By the time Catalyst found out, it was too late. CEO Robert Kagundah and his sales manager, happen to be best friends, forming an axis of acute corruption that no one at the company can stand up to.

The plan involves working in cahoots with distributors, to dupe the board and management that they are meeting sales targets.

A distributor would for example order biscuits worth Ksh 10 million, and Elijah and his team would report that figure has been met, regardless of whether the distributor sells or not. The distributor would then return back the stock after about three months, very close to the expiry date.

Britania hence ends up losing tens of millions every quarter, and rumors are that Kagundah is paid handsome amounts in kickbacks together with Sales Director Elijah Maina.

Catalyst has since sacked the sales director over non performance and the steady loss making. This can be seen as a blow to the CEO who has now lost s confidant. Britania would be keen to get its brand on straight line by doing away with scandalous characters in its management and more so have performers as opposed to mediocres.

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Thigh Pain That Killed A Three Year Old Girl In The Theatre At Kenyatta Hospital Parents Say It Was Doctors Negligence



Peninah Kadogo, the deceased.

On a normal day on Monday, Penina Kadogo after a long day playing, complained to her father, Mathew Kitito about pain in his leg, “Baba naskia uchungu kwa mguu.” The father recalls. He had assumed this was probably a minor injury incurred during their plays with peers during the day. Unknown to him, this would be the start of a short, sad journey and the end of him seeing his daughter alive.

As a precaution, he opted to take her to the hospital for a quick bone check up. Talking to Kenya Insights, the father says a Dr. Tende at Kenyatta National Hospital checked and recommended for an X-ray, ultrasound checks. He was also referred to a bone diseases specialist a Mr. Ndeda.

After tests And deliberations, it was decided for the kid to be taken for operation to sort out the pain on her thighs on Tuesday. As required, she was put on medication and denied food as a patient preparation standard before surgery.

While she was booked for surgery on Tuesday, this never became the case and it was pushed till Thursday. According to the father, the three year old didn’t eat anything from Tuesday when the doctors had scheduled the operation till Thursday when she was taken to the theatre.

Mathew was hesitant about having the surgery done at Kenyatta but he was convinced that it was the best place to have it done given it being the biggest hospital. He had suggested taking her to a private hospital. In his own view, he wasn’t convinced the minor case warranted an operation.

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On Thursday at 11am, Peninah was finally taken to the theatre and once again, things would go down the drain from this point. Minutes turned to hours of waiting, uncertainty and anxiety was killing the parents on the other end. At 3pm that is five hours after she was checked in for the minor operation, the mother was called from the ward to take her daughter, by then, they had finished, so they thought.

When her mother, Joanne Atieno took her up, she felt something unusual, she was struggling to breath and at this point the doctors must have realized they made a mistake and then took her away from the mother who was then instructed to leave. This would be the last time she held her in her arms alive.

Peninah took her last breath minutes after, she was registered dead at 3.05pm. Mathew was then called to the hospital at 7pm where they broke to him the bad news.

Dissatisfied with everything, the father is convinced the death has been caused by doctors negligence and according to an uncle Chabuga Evans who’s taking the lead in seeking answers, Peninah was given anesthesia overload and that’s what resulted in the hard breathing. They claim she was taken out of the surgery before full recovery and the doctors didn’t factor in precautionary measures to keep the baby alive.

Narrating his story, the disturbed father is pointing all fingers at the hospital. “This was a minor case that shouldn’t have resulted in the death of my daughter, I’m mad, sad, friends and family are falling and I can’t explain to them what exactly happened.” Our interview pauses as he breaks into tears.

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The uncle Chabuga took over making their pointers clear that from Tuesday to Thursday the kid wasn’t given food and was taken to the theatre while too weak. They’re questioning why the doctors didn’t consider the physical stability before taking her for surgery.

Getting answers from the management has become a challenge, the family says. The body is at the hospital’s mortuary and they’re sourcing for independent pathologist to ascertain cause of death. They read dishonesty that the body has already been treated which the claim can possibly wash away crucial clues to find cause of death.

However, the resident pathologists are giving assurances that this wouldn’t be an issue as autopsy will show the exact cause. They’re determined to take the matter to all heights to get justice for the kid. They’ve raised an eyebrow as to why the final report was written by a different doctor from the ones who handled the patient. They’ve been advised to seek answers from the management.

Kenyatta Hospital continues to struggle with systematic failures which this site has been highlighting and are never addressed. General understaffing, underfunding and overcrowding remains the biggest challenges that are yet to be addressed making it prone to such errors which can be avoided.

As this family seeks justice for their daughter, another disaster is waiting to happen, the more things change, the more they remain the same. We’re yet to move on from the incident where a wrong patient had his skull opened and now this and so many unreported cases.

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Employ more doctors and staff, thevfew available are overworked, demoralized and proneness to mistakes increased, allocate more funds and ensure the projects are implemented to improve the facilities at KNH, we can’t have a national referral hospital running on colonial equipments. Decongest KNH by ensuring other public hospitals are working perfectly, this hospital should only be for complex issues as it should be not for treating minor cases like fever.

The hospital must give answers to the family of the deceased and ensure justice by taking actions against any deliberate negligence if any that might have resulted in the death of the three year old girl.

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