NHIF BOSS SUED OVER STAFF PROMOTIONS

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A petitioner wants the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Chief Executive Officer Peter Kamunyo removed from office for allegedly promoting corruption and other irregularities in the organization.

Kamunyo is accused of; embezzling funds, backdating of salaries and making irregular appointments and transfers of members of staff without following due procedure.

The application has been filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court by the Nubians Rights Forum, a civil society organization.

Additionally, Kamunyo has also been accused of abusing his office by allegedly directly discriminating against well-deserving and hardworking members of staff. NHIF also made an internal advertisement for vacancies, which were open to all members of staff. However, the advertisement was rescinded in March 2021 and employees were advised to proceed as if the advertisement was never made.

Kamunyo later made 12 appointments in spite of the earlier notice rescinding the advertised vacancies, which the petition says are not only illegal but also undermine the public through misappropriation of public funds.
Kamunyo is also accused of irregularly appointing individuals on permanent and pensionable terms for positions that are contractual as per the NHIF policy provisions and that attempts to settle the issue internally have been futile.

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