MPs from the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) are accusing unnamed individuals of holding the country’s police department captive and putting private business interests ahead of the welfare of National Police Service officers.
One of the MP, Gatudu South legislator Gabriel Kagombe says Parliament must disband the cartels in the police to ensure all officers get quality medical cover from NHIF, instead of private insurance companies.
“There is no time that we will keep silent to assume all is well. There is no way you can eliminate NHIF schemes from the police. We have seen the challenges that teachers are facing and police will not go in this direction,” MP Kagombe said, going ahead to reveal they will fight the move once sittings resume this month.
“Whoever is taking the police service captive must be warned that you will face us in parliament once we go back…Anybody wishing to misuse taxpayers’ money in collaboration with cartels have their days numbered,” the MP added.
CIC General Insurance Ltd won an Sh8.7 billion government tender to provide the National Police Service (NPS) and the Kenya Prison Services (KPS) members medical cover. The consortium also includes Britam General Insurance Company (K) Ltd and Old Mutual General Insurance Kenya Limited.
NHIF, which also made a bid, was disqualified for quoting way above the consortia with Sh9.4 billion.