KERICH TO DEFEND HIMSELF OVER SH96 MILLION NHIF FRAUD CASE.

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Former NHIF CEO Richard Kerich( right)Marwa Fadhili Chingi (centre) and David Kipruto Chingi before a Nairobi Court/FILE PHOTO.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Former National Hospital Insurance Fund(NHIF) boss  Richard Langat Kerich has a case to answer in the Sh 96 million fraud trial.

Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled Richard Kerich, Marwa Fadhili Chingi, David Kipruto Chingi and clinix Healthcare Limited will stand full trial after DPP supplied enough evidence to prove their fraud case.

However the trial court set free Clinix Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Toddy Madhahana and Clinix Director Anthony Kalathir Chacko.

The trial Magistrate made a short ruling but directed to give reasons later.

Kerich is accused on diverse date between 1 day of July  and the 13 of March , 2013 at NHIF Building in Nairobi  conspired to defraud NHIF Kshs 96,565,125 by causing NHIF to enter into contract with Clinix Healthcare Limited for the provisions of primary Health Care and treatment services under the civil servants and disciplined service medical scheme outside Nairobi while knowing Clinix had no capacity to provide such services.

Kerich denied any wrong doing in the matter.

According to court documents filed by Kerich for his defence, he accused EACC for selectively tendering evidence that suited their false theory.

“NHIF did not sign any contract with the 6 accused yet out of Kshs 202,,161,187,50 paid to the 6 accused Kshs 96, 565,125 was deemed unlawful but Kshs 105,596, 062,50 was deemed lawful” said Kerich in his defence.

He claimed EACC and DPP misled the court that payments were being made on account of the number of branches a service provider had when the truth of the matter is that payments were being made on account of the number of members capitated to a provider.

“In fact out this horrendous error and conclusion the accused persons were recommended by the DPP to be charged in court” Kerich claimed.

Kerich was charged alongside former NHIF assistant manager David Chingi ,Marwa Fadili Chacha, Toddy Mahadana , Anthony Kalathir Chako and Clinix Healthcare Limited.

According to the prosecution NHIF did not use any procurement process in the identification of providers for the civil servants medical scheme.

The prosecution called a total of 28 witnesses who testified against the 6 accused persons.

The six were charged with conspiracy to defraud the NHIF  over 96 million shillings by causing NHIF to enter in to a contract with Clinix Health Care for provision for civil servants and disciplined forces outside Nairobi County knowing that the said Clinix Health Care Limited had no capacity to provide such services.

The prosecution claims that there was no public procurement of Clinix Health CARE Limited to provide services for civil servanst as required by the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005.

“There was no competitive bidding process and Clinix was a as a result given undue advantage over other qualifies medical providers, “submitted Karuri.

Further Mr Karuri said that Clinix did not have accredited facilities outside Nairobi.

“The prosecution submits that it has established a prima facie case against the accused persons on all counts and prays that this honorable court places all the accused persons on their defense,”submits prosecution.

NHIF Procurement Manager Pamela Nyaboke Marendi told the court that NHIF did not use any procurement process in the identification of providers for the civil servants medical scheme.

Defence hearing to proceed.

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