NHIF theft worse than murder, DPP tells court
SEE ALSO :How NHIF was set up for plunderCount four stated that this gave way for Kirgotty to allegedly abuse his office as CEO and accounting officer on August 15, 2014 by awarding Webtrite Ltd a contract for provision of integrated revenue collection services and authorise payments worth Sh49.5 million. Between August 15, 2014 and June 30, 2017, Webtrite Ltd was paid Sh545,557,719 in commission, allegedly with Kirgotty’s blessing, the prosecution added. The prosecution stated that the procurement flaws at NHIF further helped Kirgotty to break procurement laws by authorising another payment of Sh595 million to Webtrite Company Ltd. Mwangi, who at the time was the finance general manager, was also accused of using his office to approve unlawful payments to Webtrite Ltd, something he allegedly continued to do when he assumed the top office. To ward off competition from other companies, Mwangi is accused of extending Webtrite Ltd’s contract without following procedure.
SEE ALSO :Graft charges ready; asset freeze begins“Between September 6, 2017 and February 13, 2018 at NHIF being the CEO, (Mwangi) used (his) office to confer a benefit of Sh260 million to Webtrite Company Ltd by extending an expired contract,” read the charge sheet. On June 4, 2018, the CEO, corporate secretary, supply chain manager and finance general manager were again said to have awarded Webtrite Ltd a Sh495 million contract for provision of integrated revenue collection through single sourcing. The prosecution accused senior systems administrator and internal auditor of making false entries in payment vouchers purporting that services had been rendered. Nzili, Ibrahim and Opot - being members of the NHIF audit committee - were accused of breach of trust by failing to disclose material facts in regard to extension of contract for provision of integrated revenue collection services thereby occasioning loss of Sh200 million. In total, Webtrite Ltd and its two directors were accused of fraudulently acquiring public property totalling Sh1,103,060,853 from NHIF between August 15, 2014 and October 31, 2018.
SEE ALSO :KPC MD Sang out on Sh2m bailThey all denied the charges and Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Douglas Ogoti released Kirgotty, Mwangi, Muchemi and Muriithi on Sh2 million cash bail each. Makallah, Nyaboke, Muhuhu, Mwangi, Kamau, Wakhu, Ibrahim, Nzili and Opot were each released on Sh1 million cash bail, while Wangui and Mwangemi were granted Sh500,000 cash bail.