Nairobi Hospital Under Scrutiny as Corruption and Mischief Unravel

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  • Staff and other stakeholders are in state of alarm as corruption and cronyism in The Nairobi Hospital threatens the very existence of the premier private hospital in the country.

    Allegations of mismanagement, bribe-taking and other underhand dealings have rocked the hospital founded in 1954, wreaking havoc on staff morale and productivity.

    At the centre of the controversy is the emergence of a cartel which appears hell bent on only getting rich quickly at the expense of the operations and well-being of the hospital.

    Insiders who are privy to the goings-on intimate to Kenya Insights that the current chairman of the hospital’s board Dr. Chris Bichage has entered into an unholy alliance with the CEO James Nyamongo, Company Secretary Gilbert Nyamweya, Dr. Barcley Onyambu, Dr. Fred Kambuni, Dr. Meshack Ong’uti (not a board member) and other board members to the chagrin of other stakeholders. Mr. Nyamongo is said to have left Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) before joining the Nairobi hospital under very unclear circumstances due to fraudulent activities.

    He was also bundled out of office barely a week after being appointed the interim CEO at the National Oil Corporation of Kenya in 2019.

    Dr. Bichage, a former MP for Nyaribari Chache, is no stranger to corruption allegations. Impeccable sources intimate Kenya Insights that Dr. Bichage was discontinued at the University of Nairobi during his undergraduate studies for academic non-performance. This makes his academic and professional qualifications to be questionable. In 2017, he was charged in a Kitale court with defrauding advocate of the High Court David Biketi Kes. 11.1 million by pretending he could sell him 10 acres of land in Trans Nzoia County. Dr. Bichage is said to have committed the offence between August 7, 2015 and March 11, 2016.

    “The Nairobi hospital, being a top class hospital in the East and Central Africa region, is expected to have in place strong and robust corporate governance structures to govern and manage the institution both at the board and management levels,” said a senior manager, who requested to remain anonymous. However, the reality on the ground and practice in the institution is in total contrast to the expectation.

    The latest controversy which should interest the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) is the billion-shillings tender to supply, implement, maintain and support a Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

    In April 2022, the hospital advertised in the local dailies for a consultancy for the supply, implementation, maintenance and support of HMIS and ERP. After a thorough procurement process was undertaken, including due diligence and site visits, a Joint Venture (JV) of two companies; GoodX Enterprises(PTY) Limited, a South African company and DynamicNav Systems Limited, a Kenyan company, won the tender.

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