As the National Hospital Insurance Saga investigations deepen, the JamboPay CEO Danson Muchemi has gone missing as detectives hunt for him over a multimillion scandal he pulled by colluding with NHIF fraudsters led by CEO Geoffrey Mwangi
21 suspects were on Friday seized over allegations that Ksh.1billion was lost through the Jambo Pay service at the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). DPP approved charges against the JamboPay CEO and others.
According to a statement shared by Noordin Haji, the suspects are to answer to seven charges related to deception, fraud, abuse of office, among others.
“I have accordingly given directions for the arrest and arraignment of the said officers in court for the stated offences,” the DPP said.
He said the scandal is related to irregular awarding and extension of the contract for the provision of integrated revenue collection services to Webtribe Limited trading as Jambo Pay.
It is alleged that Ksh.1,103,060,853.89 was lost at NHIF.
Board members Mudzo Nzili (former chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers) and Yusuf Ibrahim were listed as the first two suspects.
Charges they will answer to include engaging in a project without prior planning, willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement and abuse of office.
They are also accused of willful failure to comply with the law relating to the management of public funds, false accounting by a public officer, deceiving a principal and fraudulent acquisition of public property.
As at now, the Jambo pay CEO remains at large as DCI detectives seek for him.
But then, even as the media reports these scandals, we should never forget that they are the ones that give these con-artists a platform to build their fraudulent profiles.
The JamboPay CEO had another scandal involving the county government where the scandalous CEO colluded with the corrupt former governor Evans Kidero to loot money from the county. Further reports and talk within town says that JamboPay is owned by Evans Kidero.
According to documents that we have seen, In April, Mr. Danson Muchemi signed a deal with Nairobi City County to automate payment of parking, rental, permit and land rates.
In both cases, the astronomical commissions — between four per cent and 4.5 per cent of collections — paid by the public entities raised the eyebrows of watchdogs, including Auditor-General Edward Ouko.
Both Mr Ouko and the Nairobi County Assembly have called for the cancellation of the deal because of procurement flaws and high fees.
According to various media houses and especially Business Daily Africa, Mr Muchemi sold rabbits and owned a cyber cafe before he became a ”prominent businessman”
We have always told you that not everything that is promoted in the mainstream media is true. Do not take everything to be “factual” or true just because you read it in the Daily Nation, Star or the Standard. Not even because Maina Kageni & King’ang’i or Capital FM shout about it on rush hour radio. Extend your scepticism to deceptive TV adverts. Our journalists are corrupt and lazy. They are either too naive to conduct due diligence on companies they report on or are in the payroll of the promoters of these phantom investment schemes.
Buy a journalist a cup of “tea” (Daystar University has a specific course on how to extort money in exchange for good publicity) and he will write a story claiming you are a “Billionaire” or “successful businessman” without asking for tangible evidence of your “success”. Remember “billionaire” Steve Mbogo? Due to our journalistic sloppiness 3/4 of our publicly declared “billionaires” are just conmen looking for appropriate publicity. Real billionaires in Kenya often shy away from the media due for many reasons, including unwarranted scrutiny and taxation. A Kenyan journalist will assume that one is a “billionaire” because he saw the subject in a used Range Rover. That is how the media assists con artists to swindle their victims by creating non-existent or deceptive profiles of people and companies.
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