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RE: QUESTIONING OF THE FORMER NHIF ACTING CEO

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions, Kenya (COTU, K) has noted with concern reports appearing in today's copy of the Daily Nation Wednesday 19th December, 2012 Page 3 captioned “Former National Hospital Insurance Fund(NHIF) Boss to be Quized” for illegally accrediting 77 health facilities.

However, the report based on the findings by the Efficiency Monitoring Unit (EMU) is diversionary and targets to hoodwink Kenyans into not getting the truth as far as the former National Hospital Insurance Fund scams is concerned and if indeed the Efficiency Monitoring Unit was keen on unraveling the truth so far as the accreditation of health facilities at the National Hospital Insurance Fund was concerned, it would have foremost summoned the former substantive Chief Executive Officer Richard Kerich other than treating Kenyans to side-shows. To us as COTU (K), EMU is part of the mess at NHIF

COTU (K) will not sit back and watch as its members' money at the NHIF continue to be plundered and the actions by the EMU are unprofessional and aimed at diverting the truth from Kenyans. Where are the other reports from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as well as PriceWaterHouse Coopers (PWC) and what are their recommendations?

Further claims in the report that the then Acting Chief Executive Officer Adan. A. Adan acted contrary to Section 30 (1) of the National Hospital Insurance Fund Act are ridiculous as are selective since the former Chief Executive Officer Richard Kerich flouted this very Act with impunity when he single-handedly picked non-existing health facilities across the country and went ahead to allocate millions of worker's money from the NHIF in total disregard of the Board then and we have the full evidence and reports in our possession.

COTU (K) is thus ardently opposed to this latest maneuvers and diversionary tactics by the EMU and equally demand for the immediate release of the initial report on NHIF and its non-existing and dubious clinics that received millions of workers money and how the same will be recovered including the role of Mr. Kerich and the then Board other than engaging Kenyans in sideshows, on reports on a Chief Executive Officer who was hardly months in acting capacity at the fund.

We appeal to the Prime Minister's Office to distance itself from this unprofessional conduct and diversionary reports by the EMU

Francis Atwoli, EBS, MBS
SECRETARY GENERAL