Top NHIF officials to be arraigned in court over ksh1.5billion graft probe

BY Kevin Wagura 

The top National Hospital Insurance Fund officials are to be arraigned in court over ksh1.5billion graft probe.

The parastatal’s Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Mwangi and Finance Director Wilbert Kurgat, who were arrested on Friday night, will be arraigned in court today after the DPP approved of their prosecution.

The CEO, Geoffrey Mwangi is being held at the Pangani Police Station while the Financial Director, Wilbert Kurgat is being detained at the Muthaiga Police Station as they wait to appear in court today. Yesterday, both were taken to the DCI headquarters where their fingerprints were taken.

According to reports, officials received tens of visitors who wanted to know how they were getting along behind bars. Information Technology Director at the institution Gilbert Kamau is among those under probe in relation to payment of hundreds of millions of shillings to Webtribe Limited. Webtribe is well known in areas of software development and Consultancy Company specializing in payment systems, management systems, card-based systems and systems integrations.

Police are investigating how the online payment gateway and revenue collection systems among other issues work at the fund. Mwangi and Kurgat are alleged to have conspired to block the investigators from accessing documents such as payment vouchers and other books of evidential value. The two will be charged with conspiracy to defeat justice and disobedience of lawful order.