Court releases former NHIF boss Kerich on Sh2 million cash bail

By Pamela Chepkemei

NAIROBI, KENYA: Anti-corruption court Wednesday released former NHIF boss Richard Kerich and four others on Sh2Million cash bail each.

Kerich and a manager Marwa chaha were charged in the court for allegedly conspiring to defraud NHIF Sh116 Million.

They were jointly charged with an assistant manager David Kipruto Chingi.

Two directors of Meridian Medical Centre Limited, Peter Wambugu and Ndiba Wairioko, were Tuesday arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) before being ordered to appear in court Wednesday.

EACC Vice Chair Irene Keino said the accused conspired to defraud NHIF of Sh116,935,500 million by entering into a contract under which the Meridian Medical Centre was to provide services to civil servants and disciplined forces while knowing they had no capacity to provide such services in full.

She added that the officials’ conspiracy led to massive losses for the parastatal.