Former National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) boss Richard Kerich and four others have been acquitted of charges of conspiring to defraud the health insurer Ksh116 million.
In a ruling on Friday, Senior Principal Magistrate Eunice Nyutu stated that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the accused persons beyond a reasonable doubt.
Kerich was charged alongside Marwa Chacha, David Kipruto, Peter Wambugu, and Ndiba Wairioko in connection with the loss of the millions paid to Meridian Medical Centre.
The court found that Kerich had properly entered into contract with the medical centre and the procurement process had been conducted in accordance with the law.
The prosecution had lined up 39 witnesses to support the case against Kerich.
However, the Magistrate noted none of the witnesses had established a connection between the CEO and his co-accused in defrauding NHIF.