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Nairobi Hospital Board plan to kick out director for exposing Hospital affairs

The Nairobi Hospital Board has scheduled a meeting on October 27 2020, in a bid to kick out one of the facility directors, Mr Robert Shaw, over a publication by a local daily that reportedly exposed the hospital affairs.

In a special report that was seen by the press, the Board Vice-Chairperson Dr Chris Bichage called for the meeting, accusing the director of breaching his duty of confidentiality.

In the article, Mr Shaw is on record accusing the management of having a series of governance issues which he claimed drag down the Hospital’s reputation.

Mr Shaw stated that the Nairobi Hospital/UN Covid Hospital construction tender committee initially recommended China Wu Yi because its much stronger technical capability, but the board’s Finance Committee advised a different contractor, recommending Quest Civil Engineers Ltd.

Shaw further revealed that the health facility had spent at least Sh59.5 million, the project that is yet to be completed.

He also accused the chairman Dr Ndirangu of conflict of interest in two contracts relating to an audit of the Hospital awarded to Natconsult.

Shaw also noted that Mr Michael Chomba always copied the chairman in all correspondences concerning contracts awarded to a firm called Grant Thornton.

According to Shaw, towards the end of March, Mr Ndirangu forwarded a report by Opticom K Ltd entitled ”Nairobi Hospital Physical Security Assessment Report and Proposal’’ to the management requesting them to review and possibly take action on it.

The project to replace security systems at the facility, which Shaw said were working well, was to cost the Hospital a whooping Sh118 million.

Shaw also disclosed that following the mismanagement by the board, several high ranking staff were forced out of the Hospital.

Among those who left include former COO Mr Hesbone Gathiaka, former CEO Dr Allan Pamba, former Acting Director of Medical Services and Research Dr Aysha Edwards and former HR director Ms Dorcas Kiai.

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