Charges against Jambopay bosses in Sh 1 billion NHIF scandal withdrawn

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Charges against Webtribe (trading as Jambopay) Limited bosses in the Sh 1.1 billion NHIF scandal have been withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecution.

This is after the DPP filed an application in court seeking to withdraw the charges against Jambopay Director Robert Muriithi Muna and CEO Danson Muchemi and in return, be prosecution witnesses to testify against former NHIF CEOs Simeon Ole Kirgotty, Geoffrey Mwangi and 16 others.

The company was contracted to offer revenue collection services to the Nationa Health Insurance Fund without proper planning leading to the loss of Sh 1.1 billion public funds.

The DPP wanted their charge of fraudulent acquisition of property facing the two be withdrawn and their cash bail of Sh 2 million refunded.

“Consequence thereto Muna and Muchemi be freed and/or discharged as accused persons in this case and or any other case arising from the same or similar fact,” said the DPP.

The two were charged with fraudulently acquiring public property of Sh 1,103,063,853.89 from NHIF between 15th August 2014 and 31st October 2018 in Nairobi.

Other accused persons in the case include NHIF CEOs Simeon Ole Kirgotty Ole and Geoffrey Mwangi, acting company secretary Ruth Sudoi Makallah, senior IT official Gilbert Gathuo Kamau, assistant financial manager Irene Rono among. They are facing charges of willful failure to comply with laws relating to management of public funds, abuse of office, irregular tender procuring among others.

In 2014, Webtribe had a three-year deal with NHIF to collect monthly contribution on its behalf in exchange for commissions. The contract was extended for one year to 2018 when NHIF opted to purchase the integrated revenue collection system from Webtribe for Sh 495.2 million.