Fourteen National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) officials are likely to face multi-pronged fraud charges with today’s initial charge of conspiracy to defeat justice and disobedience of lawful orders.
The second phase will include unmasking economic crimes offences between NHIF and Webtribe Limited, the audit evidence the 14 are accused of blocking in which hundreds of millions has been advanced to Webtribe Limited fraudulently which forms core evidential threshold of monumental scam.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji singled out NHIF Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Gitau Mwangi and director of Finance and Investment Wilbert Kiplagat Kurgat for allegedly denying DCI officers access to crucial documents.
“The said officers refused to surrender payment vouchers and other books of evidential value in relation to payments for hundreds of millions shillings to Webtribe Limited.” Haji said.
Investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations want payment vouchers and books of accounts in relation to payments advanced to Webtribe surrenders.
The DCI George Kinoti lead team wants server audit and imaging of NHIF servers undertaken where alleged falsified claim entries were made.
Mwangi and Kurgat were detained at Muthaiga Police Station while others are detained at Pangani Police Station.
They include; ICT boss Gilbert Kamau, Nicodemus Odongo (Planning), Dinah Kirwa (Corporate Services), Gibson Muhoho (Compliance), Johnstone Ouma (Procurement), Hannah Waitherero, Grace Gathoni, Naomi Aluoch, Gilbert Osoro, and Kimulwon Bultut as well as Abdul Galgalo Munishram of International Business Systems. Webtribe Limited is not new to controversy.
Webtribe owns the Jambopay system, an electronic payment system adopted by the Nairobi County Government.
Yesterday, JamboPay Chief Executive Officer Danson Muchemi did not diclose whether he has been questioned in relation to the NHIF probe and the actual payments received from NHIF by his firm.
Early this year, the Nairobi County Assembly Select Committee on Public Accounts directed City Hall not to renew Jambopay electronic cash collection system as the contract lapses this year.
Further, the committee observed that Jambopay has flouted the agreement by delaying to remit money collected up to 30 days collected instead within the mandatory timeframe of 72 hours.
Instead, the committee resolved the county government should develop internal foolproof automated revenue collection system by capacity building the ICT department.
Webtribe Limited and Nairobi County Government Jambopay deal has been clouded by mystery since its inception and has been marred by court cases and petitions to the Ehics and Anti-Corruption Commission over the procedure the lucrative contract was awarded.
In February this year, WebTribe Limited threatened to end the deal with City Hall citing frustrations and political intimidation.
JamboPay Chief Executive Officer Danson Muchemi wrote the protest letter to Nairobi governor Mike Sonko through letter reference number Ref:WTL/2018/NCC/02/12-HQ dated February 26, 2018.