A Nairobi court has ruled that former National Hospital Insurance Fund CEO Richard Kerich and four others charged with defrauding the institution of Sh116.9 million have a case to answer.
Anti-Corruption court chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi ruled that the prosecution has established a case against Kerich and his co-accused Meridian Medical Centre directors Peter Ngunjiri Wambugu and Ndiba Wairioko, Marwa Fadhili Chacha, a former manager for strategy and cooperate planning, as well as David Chingi, a former assistant manager, benefits and quality assurance at NHIF.
In the submission, the Director of Public Prosecutions had asked the trial court to find the accused persons answerable for several graft charges which they face. The accused were charged in connection to the provision of a medical scheme for civil servants and disciplined services awarded to Meridian Medical Centre ltd at a cost of Sh116.9 million.
Kerich, Chacha and Chingi are also accused of abuse of office, failing to comply with procurement laws and conferring a benefit of Sh43 million to Meridian, offences they allegedly committed between December 21, 2011 and February 8, 2012.
In the judgement, the magistrate noted that the evidence tabled before the court through prosecution witnesses is strong against all the accused persons in regard to participation to the conspiracy to defraud NHIF of more than Sh116 million.