The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has rejected the list of the newly gazetted 17 members of a Taskforce for the repositioning and Reform of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) for failure to include any representative from workers.
In a statement to newsroom Thursday, COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, said the NHIF Act is clear on the operations of the Fund as a tripartite institution, the reason for workers representation on its Board.
” … and for the Cabinet Secretary to constitute a taskforce without any representative from workers at a time when the NHIF is embroiled in various corruption cases involving its top managers, then as workers we became suspicious of such decisions. It is against this background that the Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Executive Board met last evening and unanimously rejected the list of the newly gazetted members for failure to include any representative from workers.” He said
COTU further said it is unfair for the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Health Sicily Kariuki to excluse workers from the taskforce while they are the major contributors to the NHIF and who will directly be affected by any reforms at NHIF.
” Equally COTU (K) has been consistent in raising its concerns on issues of transparency and accountability at NHIF and COTU (K) was the first Organisation to write to the government and demand answers to various suspect transactions at the NHIF particularly with regard to the service providers and this move promoted relevant government agencies to move in and commence investigations that have since established indeed Workers’ Funds were lost through such dubious dealings.” He added.
Consequently, COTU says it will not only be not party to recommendations coming out of the taskforce but will oppose any such recommendations coming out of the team.