Former NHIF Chief Executive Officer Richard Kerich and four others have been acquitted in a Sh116.9 million graft case due to lack of evidence.
In a judgment rendered by Milimani Chief Magistrate Eunice Nyutu on Friday, November 3, 2023, the court acquitted Kerich and his co-accused persons of the charges of defrauding the NHIF Ksh116.9 million after finding that the prosecution did not prove all the five-corruption charge leveled against the accused persons.
The Magistrate ruled that all the prosecution witnesses fumbled to calculate the amount of money alleged to have been stolen from NHIF.
The magistrate said that ODPP failed to convince the Court how they arrived at a figure of the money alleged to be missing from the health insurance fund.
“After evaluating the voluminous evidence and documents tender in court by all parties l find that the Prosecution has failed to establish a prima facie case against Kerich and the other accused persons including Meridian Medical Centre directors Peter Wambugu and Ndiba Wairioko and former NHIF officials Marwa Chacha and David Chingi. They are therefore acquitted under section 210 of the CPC,” Magistrate Nyutu ruled.
The five accused persons were charged in connection with the provision of a medical scheme for civil servants and disciplined services awarded to Meridian Medical Centre Ltd at a cost of Ksh116.9 million.
The Director of Public Prosecutions had asked the trial court to find the accused guilty of several graft charges of conspiracy to defraud, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with the law applicable to procurement and obtaining money by false pretenses.