On January 11, Attorney General Justin Muturi and Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki were summoned to court for a contract that many national insurance businesses received.
Chrispine Onyango and Henry Shitanda, two campaigners, begged High Court Judge Hedwig Ongudi to forbid Treasury from disbursing any money to a group of insurance firms.
The two contended that when a Ksh8.7 billion contract to provide medical coverage for the National Police force and Kenya correctional services was granted to a group of corporations, the law was not upheld.
In December 2022, the Ministry of Interior, National Police Service, and Kenya Police Service requested service providers to submit a bid for medical insurance coverage for the participants."Only insurance service providers, a group of insurance underwriters, or government agencies were eligible to submit bids," the ministry emphasized.
Onyango and Shitanda, however, claim that the government broke section 15 (5) of the NHIF Act because the tender is intended to enrich a select few companies.
Onyango and Shitanda contested the choice, arguing that the consortium received the tender in an improper manner.
Justice Ongundi, however, declined to make a ruling preventing the NPS's senior administrative secretary and any other principal accounting officers from paying any money to the insurance firms.
The petitioners were instead told by the court to serve the respondents within three days and show up for mention on January 17, 2023, in order to get additional instructions.
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